DiversityWeb Content Updates for January 2009: Faculty Staff Development
Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities (2006)
Edited by Christine Starkey, authors representing a variety of disciplines discuss multiple dimensions of teaching in predominantly white institutions (PWI’s). Racial stereotyping, navigating political landscapes, dealing with difference, and scholarly research are some of the topics shared through both a broad and identity-specific lens that provide insight on teaching styles, the importance of mentoring, and separating self-identity from group membership. With chapter titles such as “Racism Will Not Go Away and Neither Will We” and “Putting the Color in Colorado…” this book offers a candid insight on this experience.
COACHE 2008 Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Highlights Report (pdf file)
The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has released this 2008 Highlights Report based on its larger Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. The survey draws from 8,500 respondents from 96 colleges and universities to assess climate, workload and support for teaching and research, effectiveness of policies and practices, and other areas surrounding tenure-track faculty. This report reveals for the first time perspectives on tenure-track faculty work satisfaction disaggregated by race/ethnicity showing significant differences on a number of items. The report also includes comparisons of results between faculty at public and private universities and between men and women within different institutional types.
National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD)
With a membership of over 700 institutions, this national organization is dedicated to faculty, staff, and administrator development in the community college. Their web site features a wide range of programs and services to promote effective teaching and learning strategies. Regular updates are given on upcoming conferences and news, as well as webinars and publications. Diversity related features also include webinars sponsored in conjunction with Diverse Issues in Higher Education about comprehensive faculty recruitment and retention strategies, and a publication on best practices in hiring a diverse faculty among community colleges. NISOD also sponsors the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) a semester long program that aims to prepare leaders to develop community colleges for “Access and Excellence”.
Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education Network (POD)
The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) is an online network of 1,800 members whose mission is to support practitioners and leaders in higher education dedicated to enhancing learning and teaching. Topics of interest include improving classroom instruction through research, assessing programmatic outcomes, and gaining administrative support. Features of the web site include a very thorough search engine as well as information regarding grants and awards, conferences, collaboration opportunities, and publications. POD encourages faculty development in diversity by offering travel grants specific to diversity initiatives, instructional grants for people of color, diversity focused conferences, and publications from outside sources. POD, in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will also present several pre-conference workshops that include, “UsingMulticulturalOrganizational Development to TransformHigher Education Institutions” during AAC&U’s 2009 annual meeting.
Michigan State University Online Instructional Resources Pages for Diversity
Michigan State University’s website offers a series of resources pages focusing on diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusive classrooms. Specifically, these pages provide links to publications and syllabi that highlight inclusive teaching methods (for general and identity-specific groups), incorporate multicultural content, and teach for diverse populations. The Office of Faculty & Organizational Development also offers Faculty Learning Communities, teaching fellowships, and academies for development, among other resources.
Diversity and Merit: How One University Rewards Faculty Work That Promotes Equity (article)
By Sheila O’Rourke,September 26, 2008 Chronicle of Higher Education. This article highlights policy innovations and the adoption of criteria that infuse diversity outcomes for faculty review committees throughout the entire California University system. These policies define contributions to diversity and equity through a wide lens that includes efforts that encourage equitable access to education, public service, and research. The article goes on to explain the struggles and strategies for these new policies to become an official component of the review process. Sheila O’Rourke advocates for the feasibility and benefits of this effort, proving that diversity is more than numbers and demographics, but a dimension of educational excellence. The article also appears on the UC website.
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Diversity Resource Pages
The Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a national organization dedicated to advancing teaching practices for faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. One of its foundational pillars, “Learning through Diversity” promotes diversity as a function of educational excellence, encouraging faculty to engage with new teaching methods, understanding classroom diversity, addressing inequities, and fostering collaboration. To that end, CIRTL offers an in-depth resource page on diversity. This page provides rationale for infusing diversity into STEM disciplines, an inclusive syllabi project, a diversity institution, literature review, and resource book to download.
Harvard Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D)
The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity (FD&D) features several areas of faculty development with a focus on diversity. First, the office promotes faculty development in the classroom by providing resource pages, faculty mentoring opportunities, and teaching and identity based research centers. In addition, FD&D evaluates faculty appointments and implements programs specifically focused on improving educational excellence through diversity. Resources for fostering a welcoming and safe campus climate are provided to administrators throughout the institution as well. Finally, the FD&D takes on efforts to assist faculty in work life issues such as providing health services, child care resources, and financial assistance to working parents. Combining classroom and work life support programs provides a holistic support for faculty of all backgrounds.