The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, formerly African American Professors Program (AAPP), at the University of South Carolina is directed by Dr. John McFadden. The program was created in 1997 to address the underrepresentation of minorities in the professoriate. Originally focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the program has since expanded to include other underrepresented scholars from across multiple disciplines including the arts, humanities, education, social sciences, library science and business.
Participants receive a stipend to supplement their departmental assistantships, faculty mentors and extensive professional development opportunities. Recognized for its "impressive" results and "vital impact", the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program has been featured in Insight into Diversity Magazine, the nation's oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education.
Program alumni are currently employed in dozens of higher education institutions and agencies across the nation including: Emory University, Oklahoma State University, Benedict College, Montclair State University, Claflin University, NASA, ExxonMobil, IBM, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Energy.