Retaining and Advancing Faculty from Historically Marginalized Groups: A Discussion for Faculty Affairs and Academic Leaders


Retaining and Advancing Faculty from Historically Marginalized Groups: A Discussion for Faculty Affairs and Academic Leaders

Recorded on:
December 2, 2021

Go beyond attracting and hiring to retaining and advancing faculty from historically marginalized groups - join us for a discussion on the challenges and best practices.

Recruiting faculty from historically marginalized groups is a critically important priority for faculty affairs and academic leaders. But the focus cannot remain solely on the front end: once faculty join the institution, the more challenging part—retaining and supporting their success—begins. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but intentionality and an awareness of programs and policies that have worked at other institutions can go a long way.

Join us for a free webinar to uncover strategies that go beyond hiring and extend to retaining and advancing faculty from historically marginalized groups. You’ll have a chance to discuss the following with our panelists and your peers across the nation:

  • Destigmatizing mentorship. Mentorship is an essential resource anproven strategy to engage and support faculty. But how can you help your faculty make use of it and see the value it can add to their support network and overall professional growth? 
  • Connecting the work to larger DEI initiatives. Faculty affairs and academic leaders can enhance and supplement their support of faculty from historically marginalized groups by connecting their work to larger institutional DEI initiatives.
  • Changes to the promotion and tenure review processes. At worst, P&T processes are rife with inequities and a lack of transparency. At best, they provide clear expectations for growth and career advancement. Changes and attention to inequitable practices and biases within the P&T process can make all the difference in the career growth of underrepresented faculty.

For each of these topics, we will also address how you can build the requisite trust with your faculty and understand your localized context, as well as how it's being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Who Should Attend

This webcast is designed for faculty affairs leaders, deans, associate/assistant deans, department chairs, and other academic leaders involved in faculty support. 

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Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Georgia State University 
In Nicolle’s administrative role, she is responsible for faculty development to strengthen teaching and research, as well as leadership programming for administrators. She also develops policies and assists with the promotion and tenure process. Nicolle continues her research on disproportionate minority contact and program evaluation. The second edition of Disproportionate Minority Contact Current Issues and Policies was released in 2017. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. Nicolle also completed the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program in 2014-2015. 

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Dawn Michelle Baunach, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
In her current role, Dawn is focused on attracting, recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing a diverse, world-class faculty. Her responsibilities incorporate faculty affairs and faculty development efforts, including establishing and enforcing policy, developing and offering leadership programming, and leading DEI initiatives. Prior to joining the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2021, Dawn served as interim Associate Dean for Faculty/Student Development and Strategic Initiatives in the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences and as a professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University. Prior, she spent 20 years serving in roles ranging from director of Graduate Studies to interim chair in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. Dawn graduated with her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and her B.A. from Duke University in Sociology.  

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