Celebrate your achievements and share your experiences as a first-generation faculty member.
Navigating faculty life and culture can be challenging for anyone, regardless of their background. To be successful, faculty need to understand the subculture of higher education, know how to network and navigate politics on campus and in their discipline, and be able to advocate for themselves and set boundaries effectively. But for first-generation faculty members, there can be additional barriers in confronting the hidden curriculum and trying to successfully manage research, teaching, and service. Not to mention the fact that first-gen faculty members are often best suited to support first-gen students in their journey through college, which can add unofficial service time to their calendars.
Join us for a one-hour facilitated discussion about thriving as a first-gen faculty member. You will have the opportunity to:
- Hear from our speakers about their journey through college, graduate school, and faculty life.
- Discuss ways to celebrate successes, support students, and maintain the boundaries needed to be successful as faculty.
- Network with other first-gen faculty members from different institutions.
Who Should Attend
Faculty members at all levels, including those in academic leadership or other leadership positions (whether or not on the tenure track), who identify as first-generation students, will benefit most from this discussion.
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Pennsylvania State University
Melissa C. Johnson is Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and an affiliate faculty member in the English Department at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to this role, Johnson was Professor and Chair of the Department of Focused Inquiry in the University College of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Virginia Wray Totaro
Associate Professor and Assessment Coordinator for University College, Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Wray Totaro is a first-generation college student from Roanoke and came to Virginia Commonwealth University as an adjunct in the Spring of 2005 teaching courses such as Human Sexuality, Diverse Families and Children and Sociology of Racism, before accepting a full-time position with the Department of Focused Inquiry in 2007.
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