Become a Faculty Expert


Criteria for Expert Affiliation

Affiliation with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is available to U-M faculty on all campuses who:

  • have an active appointment in a U-M department*,
  • a track record of poverty-related research

Faculty Expert Benefits

  • Participation in a campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative seeking to support U-M faculty and researchers studying and testing strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty, and advising policy makers to inform change.
  • Access to Poverty Solutions administrative, communications, government relations infrastructure.
  • Participation on leadership teams and working groups to shape the functioning and direction of the initiative.
  • Online Poverty Solutions Profile – We create an online profile for each Poverty Solutions faculty affiliate; please review yours and help us make it the best it can be. You can also explore the profile database to discover potential new collaborators!
  • Email Updates – Our Poverty Solutions newsletter, and periodic emails, will keep you informed about opportunities, upcoming events, and initiative-wide news. Your staff and trainees can also receive the newsletter; email povertysolutions@umich.edu to get them added to the list.
  • Seminars, Workshops, Networking and other Events – Poverty Solutions affiliates and their teams have access to a range of events organized or co-sponsored by Poverty Solutions. Most of them are open to faculty, staff and trainees but some are restricted. RSVPs are sometimes required.
  • Communications Support and Training – We work to promote our affiliates’ work via social media, newsletters, & news opportunities. We also connect our experts to the U-M Experts. We create lay-friendly materials, connect affiliates to reporters seeking sources and coordinate with other U-M communicators. 

How to Apply

Submit a brief description of your interests as they relate to poverty alleviation, as well as a current copy of your CV and profile image to povertysolutions@umich.edu. Your application will be reviewed by the Poverty Solutions leadership on a rolling basis and a determination of affiliation will be made based upon the criteria stated above. Notification of your application is typically made within 30-45 days of application.

* affiliates maintain their home unit appointment

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