FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITIES
DEI offers the Faculty Learning Communities periodically throughout the academic year. The purpose of these workshops is to provide guidance for either new junior faculty (cohort approach) and/or tenure-track faculty aiming to make the transition from their previous institution to Kent State University or from one faculty rank to a higher rank. Each workshop has a specific focus, designed to help develop the skills needed to be effective in their creativity/scholarship/research, teaching and service as they make their way through the tenure process. The workshops focus on time management, mentoring, and reappointment, tenure and promotion.
NEW HIRE DIVERSITY NETWORKING LUNCHEON
New Diverse Hire Networking Lunch is designed for new diverse hires, their supervisors and invited guests from the university community to network and get to know one another. The lunch shares campus and community resources as well as information from various groups on campus to welcome new hires and support their success at Kent State University. Formal invitations will be sent.
WOMEN IN STEM TASK FORCE (COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES IDEAL FACULTY GROUP, FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF)
The purpose of this effort is to assess action-oriented initiatives, policies, and procedures that promote and support women in STEM education and research. The task force will explore ways to encourage greater participation and success of women at all levels of STEM education and research, with a specific focus on African American, Latino American, and Native American women (students though senior faculty and administration). The task force submitted recommendations to senior leadership related to the experiences, inclusion, and promotion of faculty (and students) in STEM academic areas. Implementation of the recommendations will begin in 2013-2014 Academic Year.
ANNUAL FACULTY WORKSHOP
Since the creation of DEI, an annual faculty workshop has been conducted that specifically focuses on reappointment, tenure and promotion. The workshop has included: a) focus groups with faculty centered on how the university can better serve them; b) invited speakers to share best practices in being promoted, tenured or reappointed; and c) a deans panel that features KSU deans describing expectations for research, service and teaching. This year, the workshop focused on structured mentoring. For the workshop, Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), provided a presentation centered on “Gaining tenure without losing your soul.” Currently, Kent State has a university membership with the NCFDD, which provides mentoring and support services for interested Kent State faculty, regardless of ethnicity.