Expanding Opportunities for Faculty Development & Diversity

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The University of Iowa’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost oversees the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified student body and faculty, diverse in race, gender, and cultural background, and helps ensure a climate in which all faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to succeed. During the 2016–2017 academic year, the office set forth five faculty diversity initiatives, two of which are recruitment/retention and professional advancement. 

The Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty is championing several new efforts as part of the initiatives, which include:

  • Central Midwest HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium): A new collaboration among higher education and community partners to assist dual-career couples, recruit diverse applicant pools, build relationships across the state, realize membership discounts, and strengthen our professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.hercjobs.org/central-midwest/.
  • Membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: The UI is now an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting faculty. The university has a longstanding relationship with the scholar who heads the NCFDD, Kerry Ann Rockquemore. The NCFDD Institutional Membership offers numerous benefits to faculty members, including:
    • Access to monthly tele-workshops and special guest expert workshops
    • A subscription to NCFDD’s monthly newsletter and a weekly update on a topic related to faculty productivity called the Monday Motivator
    • Access to a private online networking forum, including access to moderated monthly writing challenges and the option of being matched with an online writing accountability partner
  • Unconscious bias workshops and trainings: Programs such as Diversifying the Professoriate: Unconscious Bias and Practices to Advance Equity are now available for individuals serving on faculty search committees.
  • Skills for facilitating “difficult dialogues” in the classroom: The Office of the Provost offers Challenging Conversations in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Facilitating Robust, Inclusive, and Civil Debate, a seminar designed for faculty members by faculty, focusing on practical strategies for addressing charged topics that arise in the curriculum and spontaneously in discussion, including the roles of academic freedom and free speech and the implications of diverse social and political identities.

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Each semester, the Office of the Provost assembles a 
campuswide calendar featuring a wide range of faculty development workshops offered by numerous offices. For a listing, please see the Office of the Provost campuswide faculty development workshops calendar at provost.uiowa.edu/faculty-development.

The calendar is updated frequently, so check back for updates.