Inclusive Retention Strategies for Underrepresented Faculty

April 19, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern


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Retain your talented, underrepresented faculty by identifying and creating more inclusive experiences for all faculty members 


Establishing retention efforts for underrepresented faculty is just as important as recruiting, hiring, or onboarding them. We will discuss ways campuses may unintentionally fail at retaining talented faculty due to a lack of thorough and meaningful planning, including the absence of high-quality mentoring programs for underrepresented faculty. Our guest speaker, Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, will highlight key findings from her recent book, Building Mentorship Networks to Support Black Women: A Guide to Succeeding in the Academy, during the live event. Additionally, we’ll share and discuss findings from our speaker’s study on Recruitment without Retention: A Critical Case of Black Faculty Unrest, followed by recommendations for assessing and improving current retention efforts for underrepresented faculty. Using what you learned, you will identify at least two strategies for improving retention efforts for underrepresented faculty on your campus.


Who Should Attend

This event will benefit faculty, faculty hiring managers or department chairs, academic leaders, diversity leaders, and human resources managers who provide direct oversight of the faculty recruitment and retention process. Individuals who have indirect involvement with hiring and retaining underrepresented faculty, such as chairs or members of the faculty senate, will also benefit from the content of this training.

Participants who attended the Effective Strategies to Recruit and Onboard Underrepresented Faculty conference on March 16-17, 2023 in Orlando, FL are automatically registered and strongly encouraged to participate in the live event.

Continue Your Learning

Interested in also learning more about recruitment and onboarding best practices for underrepresented faculty? Consider joining us for the two-day in-person conference, Effective Strategies to Recruit and Onboard Underrepresented Faculty, taking place on March 16-17, 2023 in Orlando, FL. For more information about this conference, please visit the event webpage.

Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly has also facilitated Improving Faculty of Color Retention Efforts in Your Department — Academic Impressions and Design Faculty of Color Affinity Spaces to Improve Retention — Academic Impressions to improve retention efforts for your underrepresented faculty. We recommend you engage with both on-demand programs to continue developing your understanding of this topic. Simply access the recordings with your trial or established membership.

Recording available 10 business days after the live training.

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


April 19, 2023

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET


Why Retention Efforts Fall Short

Through grounding in research, participants will understand, analyze and discuss why retention efforts fall short for underrepresented faculty on most college campuses. Our guest speaker will highlight factors that contribute to an exclusionary climate including racism, sexism, and other -isms that create feelings of isolation and lower the overall success and retention of underrepresented faculty.



Models for Improving Retention Efforts

Through extensive research facilitated by our own guest speaker, you will obtain firsthand insights into her findings about factors that contribute to improving the quality of the faculty experience—especially for underrepresented faculty, who have been historically marginalized by higher education academia. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to identify and discuss at least two new strategies that you can implement in your own department to improve retention efforts.


Portrait of Bridget

Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly

Associate Professor and Diversity Officer, College of Education, University of Maryland-College Park

Dr. Kelly is Associate Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program. Dr. Kelly is also Diversity Officer and Chair of the Council on Racial Equity and Justice in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Social Foundations of Education also from the University of Maryland. Her research interests are examining university campus cultures for racial, gender, and educational equity. Her scholarship focuses on documenting the journeys of women and People of Color in historically White research institutions, preparing socially just educators, and understanding how power is negotiated in qualitative research.

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