A New Culture of Leadership for Equity and Success

The Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion will host the annual Diversity Workshop on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in the Ballroom Balcony of the Kent Student Center. This year’s workshop is titled, “A New Culture of Leadership for Equity and Success.”

Photo of tia McNairThis year’s speaker is Tia McNair, Ph.D., Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.  She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences.  

McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation," “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success,” and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” She directed AAC&U's projects on "Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” "Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and "Developing a Community College Roadmap”. McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. 

Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions where she taught first-year English courses. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. 

There will be two sessions for this workshop. The Faculty and Staff Session will take place 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and the Administrator Session will occur from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and is intended for only vice presidents, associate vice presidents, deans, associate deans, and department chairs.

If you are seeking more information or have any questions about the workshop, please contact Ruth Washington, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion at rwashin6@kent.edu or Gina Campana at gcampana@kent.edu.

POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2018 03:43 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:14 AM
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