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Excite the Dream ODU is a program designed for underrepresented scholars with a dream of pursuing a career in academia. This program provides an opportunity for underrepresented scholars to gain more insight into the professoriate by inviting them to campus to participate in a one-day experience designed to cultivate skills in teaching, research, grant writing and innovative use of technology. Scholars will have the opportunity to attend workshops from award-winning ODU professors, learn about our campus and scholarly expectations, as well as present their research agenda to chairs, deans and potential hiring committee members.

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Program Highlights

Virtually tour our campus September 26th - 28th, 2021

Meet our award-winning scholars

Receive scholarly direction from industry experts

Gain professional development

Present your research to Deans and Department Chair

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"This program is unlike any other, offering scholars the opportunity to be cultivated by award-winning faculty."

Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key

Academic Affairs

Director of Faculty Diversity and Retention

How Do I Qualify for the Excite the Dream Program?

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 Be completing a terminal degree by September 2, 2022.

 Be a member of a underrepresented population.

 Have an interest in academia.

 Submit a completed application by September 10, 2021 including a cover letter, research statement, teaching philosophy and statement of interest.

Qualified candidates will participate in a phone interview and those selected will participate in a virtual one-day program designed to excite your dream of becoming a scholar in academia.


If you’re considering applying or have any questions about the program, contact us here or call (757) 683-4525.