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2016 Iowa Regional Diversity Workshop

Diversifying the Professoriate: Pathways, Processes, and Practical Strategies for a Changing Academy

Co-sponsored by the ACM, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and The University of Iowa

May 24-25, 2016 in Iowa City, IA

Workshop agenda

Held at the hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn Street, Iowa City

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

9:00 a.m. - Registration

9:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Moderator: Diane Finnerty, M.S., Assistant Provost for Faculty, Office of the Provost, University of Iowa
Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, University of Iowa
Brian Williams, J.D., Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

10:00 a.m. - Keynote Address — Framing the Work: Transforming the Academy Through the Power of Cohorts, Mentors, and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

Shirley Collado

Shirley Collado

Presenter: Shirley Collado, Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor, Executive Vice Provost, and Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Creating Connections Consortium (C3)
Note: This presentation is open to the public and held at the E.W. Lehman Ballroom (2nd floor) in the hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn Street, Iowa City.

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

12:45 p.m. - Workshop 1: Unconscious and Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Processes

Maurice Stevens

Maurice Stevens

Maurice Stevens, Ph.D., CIC PAI Training Team and Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University

Linda Mason

Linda Mason

Linda Mason, Ph.D., CIC PAI Training Team and Professor, Department of Entomology and Associate Dean, Purdue University Graduate School

This interactive workshop uses video case studies to foster discussion between participants and awareness regarding the ways in which we can work to fine-tune our ability to recognize and respond to the influences of subtle biases. The goal of this session is to enhance our ability to identify instances of unconscious and implicit biases, and learn new methods of addressing them when they come up during hiring committee discussions and search processes.

Note: The materials shared during this session are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under the CIC Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Transformation Grant #1309028, #1309173.

4:45 p.m. - Faculty Panel: Being Smart and Proactive: Some Hiring Best Practices

Sam Rebelsky, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Grinnell College
Lakesia Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of English and Chair, Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, Grinnell College
Alfred P. Montero, Ph.D., Professor and Frank B. Kellogg Chair, Department of Political Science, Carleton College
TBD, University of Iowa

5:30 p.m. - Dinner (in assigned groups): Institutional Challenges and Sharing Best Practices

Participants will have the opportunity during this time to engage in small group discussion over dinner with representatives from other departments/colleges.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

7:45 a.m. - Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Workshop 2: Creating Inclusive Environments and Retaining Diverse Faculty

Noor Ali

Noor Ali

Location A: hotelVetro, Plaza 1 (please check your room assignment):
Noor Ali, M.S.W., Consultant at InciteChange! and Assistant Director of Social Justice Education, Northwestern University

robbie routenberg

robbie routenberg

robbie routenberg, M.A., Consultant at InciteChange! and Director of the Global Scholars Program, University of Michigan

Tanya Williams

Tanya Williams

Location B: hotelVetro, Plaza 2 (please check your room assignment):
Tanya Williams, Ed.D., Consultant at InciteChange! and Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement, Union Theological Seminary 

Heather Wilhelm

Heather Wilhelm

Heather Wilhelm, M.A., Executive Director at InciteChange! and Instructor for the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Program, University of Michigan

This interactive workshop will focus on increasing participants’ understanding of the complex barriers that can affect how underrepresented individuals (faculty, staff, and students) experience campus life, departmental colleague dynamics, and administrative expectations. The goal of this session is to gain a greater understanding of the effects of implicit bias in maintaining policies and structures that have the potential to perpetuate an exclusionary campus culture and experiences of marginalization. This session will also offer an opportunity to explore concrete strategies for creating a culture of inclusivity in classroom, research, and broader campus settings so as to enhance the experience and retention of diverse community members.

12:30 p.m. - Lunch (in assigned groups): Next Steps for Moving Forward

Participants will have the opportunity during this time to reflect and brainstorm in small groups with representatives from their home campus.

1:45 p.m. - Large Group Debrief

Groups from lunch will share out what they have learned, strategies they hope to employ, and tangible next steps that they hope to take back with them.

2:30 p.m. - Conclusion and Evaluation


This program is sponsored in part by the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.