Oregon State University

2015-16 Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy

Program Description:

The Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program (DPD) works to create an inclusive curriculum at Oregon State University (OSU) that addresses intersections of gender, race, class, sexual identity, age, ability, and other institutionalized systems of inequity and privilege in the United States.

The DPD Academy is designed to facilitate focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. As part of the DPD Academy, participants work on revising and/or developing one or more courses, to meet OSU’s DPD course criteria.

The DPD Academy is a 60-hour program consisting of:

(1)  A summer institute (45 hours)

(2)  Three to five follow-up sessions (15 hours) during the academic year immediately following the institute.

More information on DPD course criteria

2015-16 Program Schedule:

Summer Institute: June 15-19, 2015 and June 22-26, 2015;   - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Follow-up Sessions: Fall term 2015/Winter term 2016/Spring term 2016, TBD by summer institute participants.


All teaching faculty who have not previously completed a DPD summer seminar are eligible to apply for the DPD Academy*. The DPD Academy welcomes applications from both individuals and college curriculum transformation teams.

In an effort to expand and develop DPD course capacity within colleges, applications from college curriculum transformation teams (defined as two or more faculty members) working collaboratively on the revision or development of one or more courses to meet DPD course criteria, are strongly encouraged.

Preference will be given to participants working on courses for which they intend to seek DPD designation. However, applications from participants working on courses that meet the DPD course criteria, although DPD designation will not be sought, are also welcome to apply.

Faculty and staff who do not meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements, but have an interest in participating in the DPD Academy in order to pursue a project that is aligned with the values of the DPD Program, should contact the DPD Director to discuss their proposed project.

*Participants who have previously participated in a DPD summer seminar may participate in the 2015-2016 DPD Academy as curriculum transformation team leaders and/or based on availability of space in the Academy. Due to limited availability of funds, past participants are currently not eligible to receive the DPD Academy stipend.


Nine-month faculty members receive a $3000 stipend for participation in the DPD Academy. All other faculty members receive a $1000 professional development stipend. Stipends are paid in two installments: 50% at the completion of the summer institute and 50% upon submission of at least one new or revised course syllabus by the posted deadline (for 2015-16 the deadline is March 31, 2016).

Participants who present an academic paper based on work developed through the DPD Academy are eligible to apply for up to $250 in DPD conference travel support.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications for the DPD Academy will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Project description
  • Anticipated impact of project
  • Unit support for project (teams only)

The application deadline is: March 13, 2015

Apply here: 

Individual Application (Qualtrics Survey) / Individual Application (PDF)

Team Application (Qualtrics Survey) / Team Application (PDF)

Applicants will receive notification via email no later than March 30, 2015.

For more information contact: Nana.Osei-Kofi@oregonstate.edu | Tel: (737) 541-2824

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