Faculty Diversity and You. Fri. Feb. 12, 2016, 1:30 PM #ThinkBigDiversity

This Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, as part of the 2016 Annual PROMISE Research and Professional Development Symposium, there will be a 2 hour workshop that is specifically dedicated to discussing faculty diversity in STEM. Dr. Nancy Shapiro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland will bring the opening remarks, and the keynote speaker will be ACE Fellow and TED speaker, Dr. Talithia Williams, Mathematics Professor, from Harvey Mudd College in California.  Following Dr. Williams’ talk, Dr. Autumn Reed, Director of STRIDE at UMBC (the Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) will lead facilitate a faculty diversity round table discussion that will involve graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty mentors. The round tables, sponsored by UMBC STRIDE, will feature faculty who will talk candidly about faculty diversity, provide details about the faculty hiring process, and share strategies for preparing to become a competitive faculty candidate. Some of the faculty will be looking for future candidates for the faculty. As an example, one of the guests, Dr. Ron Metoyer, Associate Professor and  Assistant Dean of Diversity and Special Initiatives, from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, is being sponsored by the College of Engineering at Notre Dame, and hopes to build relationships with students and postdocs that will inspire them to apply for the ongoing open positions at Notre Dame


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PROMISE AGEP-T Professional Development Workshop:

A Forum on Faculty Diversity in STEM

Friday, February 12, 2016

Rever Room – Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni CenterThe University of Maryland College Park 

7801 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Stadium Drive Parking Garage (digital pay stations), next to the Riggs Building, $3/hour

1:30 – 3:30 PM 

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Nancy Shapiro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Nancy Shapiro 2the University System of Maryland, Chair of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. Dr. Shapiro is the author of “Powerful Pedagogy: Learning Communities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and “Learning Communities: Renewing a Commitment to Civic Engagement,” in J.A. Galura et al (Eds.) Engaging the Whole of Service-Learning, Diversity, and Learning Communities. Ann Arbor: OCSL Press, University of Michigan, 20-25. Dr. Shapiro participated as a speaker for the PROMISE Research Symposium in 2015, and was a special guest for the Fall 2015 PROMISE workshop for STEM faculty.


Part I: Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Talithia Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, ACE Fellow: 

You are the Solution to Faculty Diversity: Real Talk About Preparation and Readiness.

Read the PROMISE post about Dr. Williams.


Part II: Round Tables with Faculty: Faculty Diversity: Preparing for Faculty Positions in the USM and Beyond. 


Moderator: Dr. Autumn Reed, Director of STRIDE, and Program Coordinator for Faculty Diversity Initiatives, Office of the Provost, UMBC

Faculty will lead round tables. Several of the faculty will be providing advice for submitting strong applications for current or upcoming faculty searches: 

  • Dr. Anita Komlodi, Department of Information Systems, UMBC
  • Dr. Jane Turner, Department of Physics, UMBC
  • Dr. Kevin Omland, Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC STRIDE Professor
  • Dr. Ronald Metoyer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Special Initiatives
  • Dr. Mark Lewis, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University, Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development
  • Dr. Tyson King-Meadows (invited), Co-Chair of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty, Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty in the departments of Public Policy and Africana Studies, the Honors College and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.
  • Dr. Chris Murphy (invited), Chair, Department of Psychology, UMBC STRIDE Professor

Join us! Registration is free. 

Eventbrite - Spring 2016 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 12, 2016

For more information on applying for faculty positions, and preparing competitive applications, read the “Operation Flood the Gates” post by the PROMISE Director. 

Tyson King Meadows

Photo: Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty at UMBC, works with students at UMBC. Photo credit: http://news.umbc.edu/

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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