UMass Boston

Pre Tenure Faculty Resources



*This list does not include college-specific, IT or ORSP training services though all help to compose the network of support at the university for probationary faculty. The OFD monthly events calendar sent to all faculty does list many of the trainings. Also, not all the items above are exclusively for junior faculty. 

North Star Collective Fellowship

NSC Press Release:

We are pleased to share with you the latest press release from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which announces UMASS-Boston faculty as members of the 2024 cohort. A copy of the press release is attached. You are welcome to use information from the press release, our NSC website, or program brochure in any of your communications about the Collective.

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 Website: North Star Collective


UMass Boston’s 2024 NSC Cohort

Bodunrin O. Banwo is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership in Education at The University of Massachusetts, Boston. Before joining UMass Boston, Professor Banwo worked in youth and community development for over two decades. Dr. Banwo received his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he focused on how African-centered educational institutions serve as social refuges for African parents seeking to find anti-racist, anti-black socialization spaces for their children. Dr. Banwo is honored to have been selected for the 2024 North Star Collective fellowship and plans to share and refine his work on organizational theory, particularly his work on the connection between educational and social practices and school formal structures. Through this fellowship, Bodunrin also hopes to begin a book outline about different school organizational structures and their connections to student outcomes and life goals. 

Miguel Montalva Barba is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at UMass Boston. Before joining UMB, Dr. Montalva Barba was an assistant professor of sociology and the Latinx Student Success Fellow at the Center for Justice and Liberation at Salem State University. Miguel received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University and has a Masters in Sociology and a Dual-Baccalaureate in Music and Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Montalva Barba’s research focuses on White gentrifiers and their role in maintaining racialized inequality, highlighted in his forthcoming book, White Supremacy in Progressive America: Race, Place, and Space (June 2024, Bristol University Press), and on the intersection of urban sociology and in the study of race and racism. As a North Star Fellow, Miguel will focus on setting the foundation for his next two major projects, one of which has recently received a Russell Sage Foundation Pipeline Grant.

Melissa Colón is an assistant professor in the Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on the educational lives of Black and Latine youth, and what their schooling experiences can teach us about how race and gender, in the shape of ideologies, policies, and programs are animated in schools. Before becoming a Professor, Dr. Colón worked as a public school teacher, community organizer, policy analyst, and as the Executive Director of Iniciativa: The Massachusetts Educational Initiative for Latino Students. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and History from Boston College, a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and a Doctorate in Child Studies and Human Development, both from Tufts University. As part of her fellowship with the North Star Collective (2024), her current writing projects examine how Black and Latine students experience, resist, and reimagine disaster schooling.