Strengthen Support of Your Underrepresented Faculty to Improve Retention

Strengthen Support of Your Underrepresented Faculty to Improve Retention

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Promote equity and inclusion in your programs and policies to retain your underrepresented faculty.


Recruiting and hiring a more diverse faculty is a priority nearly universally across institutions, but these efforts will not pay off in the long-term if women faculty, faculty of color, and LGBTQ-identified faculty do not feel adequately supported once they arrive. Conversations and efforts to this end––accelerated by the national conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion and the realities of the pandemic––are intensifying across higher education at present. In many cases, underrepresented faculty experiences have also been left out of the conversation altogether as it relates to policy revisions and program development.

This conference seeks to present a balanced perspective—across the themes of policies, programs, and people—on what effective support for underrepresented faculty can look like. Participants will leave being able to:

  • Understand a more comprehensive system of support for underrepresented faculty
  • Identify gaps/areas for improvement in their own faculty retention efforts
  • Gain new ideas; both for what to put in place and how to go about doing so at whatever levels of scale/resourcing they have to support and retain underrepresented faculty.


Who Should Attend

This program has been designed for teams of senior leaders (C-suite, VP/AVP, Dean level) who can influence and shape institutional or college-level policy and practice around support for underrepresented faculty. Specifically, individuals or teams of individuals in the following areas may benefit:

  • Diversity & inclusion leaders
  • Faculty affairs/development/success leaders
  • Provosts & Deans
  • Members or Leaders of Faculty Senate

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

Intentionally Designed
Online Learning

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • 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

See What Our Attendees are Saying

“The virtual design of this conference coupled with the amazing work of our program manager promoted a high level of engagement and sense of community among attendees. The speakers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share their experiences. It was a refreshing shift from long days of traditional meetings on Zoom!”

“This is the first time I’ve ever attended a virtual conference, and to be honest, I had low expectations. Well, I was wrong. I am very impressed with the platform used and the quality of the content shared. Oftentimes, these conferences only talk about ideas and what could work, but at this event, actual pathways and practical next steps were shared. Academic Impressions did a great job featuring quality speakers who were willing to share what they know.”

“Although the workshop was online, it felt as if the presenters were right there with us. All presenters were knowledgeable and really related the content to real work experiences. They were so willing to answer questions and offer assistance—I learned so much that I can apply.”

“Many conferences leave you with learning but not always sure how to turn that into action for your organization. There were actionable tips shared throughout the two days and tools provided to help move the learning into action. I am always impressed with Academic Impressions conferences and this virtual one did not disappoint.”

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College


Day One – Wednesday, June 23rd

All Times Eastern


Welcome, Introductions, and Setting the Stage
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET
In this opening session, our faculty will introduce themselves and set the stage for the rest of the conference. We’ll frame the three themes of the conference—Policies, Programs, and People—within a broader systemic lens in higher education. We’ll then ask participants to share their high-level goals for the conference and identify specific ways in which they are bringing faculty development and diversity––previously separate verticals––more closely together on their campuses.





Promotion & Tenure: Creating a More Equitable Policy and Process
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Institutions across higher education are in the process of re-examining and revising their promotion & tenure criteria. For many, this is being motivated by a desire to address well-known issues of equity at play throughout the process when it comes to definitions, measurement, and distribution of workload around teaching, research, and service. This session will present data that frames the national conversation.



Revising the Promotion & Tenure Process: Large Group Share Out
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET
You’ll have a chance to share what the process of revisions or re-examination of promotion & tenure currently look like at your institution: what questions have been asked, who’s involved/driving the process, and what key challenges you’re facing along the way.



Short Break
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. ET



In-Depth Small-Group Discussions: Teaching, Research, and Service
12:45 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Having discussed the broader process of revising promotion & tenure in the large group setting, attendees will then be divided into small groups based on institutional type to engage in more in-depth conversation about what revisions to P&T around teaching, research, and service respectively look like on their campus. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:


  • Moving away from conventional student course evaluations as evidence of quality teaching
  • Ensuring an equitable distribution of teaching loads across faculty of similar rank and tenure in each department


  • Facilitating and increasing access to research mentorship and funding for underrepresented faculty
  • Faculty roles in research mentorship with undergraduate and graduate students


  • Mitigating the amount of invisible labor/disproportionate service work underrepresented faculty end up taking on compared to their white male peers
  • Identifying mechanisms for better defining and measuring service in the promotion & tenure process



Long Break
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET



Applying Your Learning
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET
You will be given an opportunity to reflect on any new or interesting ideas you heard today that you now want to consider. For those of you wishing to discuss your ideas with members from your institution who are also participating in this conference, we can assign you to your own break out room. Our faculty will provide a quick overview of tomorrow’s topics and specifically how we translate policy into programs and bringing along critical campus partners to move forward towards your campus goals.



Day One Q&A and Networking Reception
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. ET
This informal reception is your chance to decompress, ask the faculty any final questions that you may have from today’s event, and expand your network of connections.


Day Two – Thursday, June 24th

All Times Eastern


Refresh and Reset
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET
Attendees will have an opportunity to share out what first step, related to supporting and retaining underrepresented faculty, they are now considering after participating in yesterday’s sessions.



Formalizing Retention Programs
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Faculty mentorship programs, sponsorship programs, and affinity groups are some of the ways that leading institutions are bolstering their support infrastructure for underrepresented faculty. In this session, you will learn about the benefits of these programs, including strategies you can use to incorporate and scale them for your own campus. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share around other types of programs that they’ve incorporated to support and retain underrepresented faculty.



Short Break
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. ET



Faculty Leadership Development Programs
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Providing effective support for underrepresented faculty as they navigate and plan out their career paths is a critically important priority across institutions. For many underrepresented faculty, this entails moving up the faculty ranks and achieving tenure, but for others this may mean pursuit of an academic leadership role or a more permanent appointment heading up a research or innovation center on campus. This session will provide ideas and strategies for academic leaders who can provide support in different and meaningful ways to underrepresented faculty.



Applying Your Learning
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. ET
You will be given an opportunity to reflect on any new or interesting ideas you heard today that you now want to consider. For those of you wishing to discuss your ideas with members from your institution who are also participating in this conference, we can assign you to your own break out room.



Long Break
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET





Working Across Stakeholders and Structures
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET
Now that we’ve reviewed the “science” of policies and programs, this session will focus explicitly on the “art”: how you can effectively work across stakeholder groups and structures and build strategic partnerships to get this done. In this session, we will cover questions like:

  • Who is driving this effort at your institution/within your unit? Who are your policy influencers?
  • Who are your champions/allies, and how can you best work with and through them?
  • Who will help drive your change management process? Who will resist these efforts?
  • If you’re part of a central university-level unit, how can you ensure that your efforts trickle down and take hold at the department level?
  • If you’re part of a unit-level office, how can you best partner with and leverage central supports (or the network of other embedded supports across the institution) to get things done?
  • How can you incentivize academic leaders like Chairs and Deans around faculty support and diversity using performance evaluations and metrics?



Short Break
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET



Next Steps: Assessing Your Departmental Needs
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Our faculty will share seven different approaches to help you conduct your needs assessment that will eventually inform your efforts. Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to identify opportunities for new relationships with campus leaders, understand your role in cultivating strong relationships, and develop/refine effective programs and policies to support your underrepresented faculty. Participants will review their application of learning worksheet to identify their next steps.



Final Q&A and Closing Remarks
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET


Portrait of Sana Loue

Sana Loue

Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Loue holds secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Global Health at the School of Medicine and in Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. She served as the medical school’s inaugural Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity from 2012-2020. Sana is the recipient of Case Western Reserve University's 2020 Senior Leadership Diversity Excellence Award.

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Portrait of Shaunna Payne Gold

Shaunna Payne Gold

Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at Towson University

Shaunna (she/her/hers) is an educator, higher education administrator, ordained minister, and highly sought-after consultant in the equity and inclusion marketplace. Her primary goal is to support the Division of Academic Affairs by attracting, advancing, and retaining diverse staff, faculty, and librarians.

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Portrait of Andrea Romero

Andrea Romero

Andrea Romero, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Arizona

Dr. Romero became the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in January 2019. She is the lead administrator on faculty matters related to professional development, career advancement, and support which include hiring, promotion, annual and five-year reviews, leadership development, and diversity initiatives for tenure-track, career-track, continuing status professionals, and academic administrators. She is co-owner of two initiatives in the Office of Strategic Initiatives: Our Best Work Environment and Hispanic-Serving Institution Faculty and Research Initiatives.

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Senior Learning & Development Manager, Academic Impressions