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Successful Strategies for Faculty Diversity: Valuing Faculty Work that Promotes Equity
Facilitator: Sheila O'Rourke

For those of us who care about diversity in higher education - faculty, administrators, diversity officers and advocates - increasing diversity among our faculty is one of our greatest challenges. This workshop explores effective strategies for promoting faculty diversity with a focus on rewarding faculty for teaching, conducting research and making service contributions that promote the institutional commitment to equity and diversity. Topics include:

  • Valuing contributions to diversity in faculty searches and hiring

  • Recognizing diversity work in faculty merit and promotion reviews

  • Allocating resources to create incentives for diversity work

  • Using data strategically to make the case for faculty diversity

The session refers to new policies and program at the University of California as case examples, and explores how each strategy can be adapted for colleges and universities, large and small; public and private. The session addresses legal issues that impact faculty diversity programs and provides guidelines for avoiding legal challenges to effective diversity efforts.

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About the Facilitator:

Sheila O'Rourke is the director of the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the founder of University Partnerships for Faculty Diversity. She previously served as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley and Assistant Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of California system-wide Office of the President. In 2012, she received the Individual Leadership Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Prior to joining the University of California, she was a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. She serves as a consultant to colleges and universities on policies and practices enhancing faculty advancement with an emphasis on equity and diversity. She has a J.D. from Berkeley Law School and an A.B. from Stanford University.

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