In this 90-minute workshop, Dr. White-Lewis will present empirical research on how typical features of academic workplaces and faculty hiring processes cement racial inequities into the professoriate. Suitable for faculty, department chairs, and deans, attendees will learn and develop strategies to improve decision-making contexts and advance racial equity throughout faculty hiring. Boxed lunches to-go will be provided.
Damani White-Lewis (he/him) is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studies racial equity issues in academic careers and contexts using theories and methods from organizational behavior and social psychology. His research on faculty hiring received four national awards and honors from prominent education organizations such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He is Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded project which uses experimental vignette methods to test which kinds of interventions positively impact how much DEI weighs in tenure and promotion decisions.
Dr. White-Lewis’ research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and has been published in top education and science journals such as The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, CBE-Life Sciences Education, and Teachers College Record. As a public scholar he has been featured in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and regularly consults with college campuses and external organizations to address issues related to racial equity, institutional transformation, and systemic change in higher education.
While much attention understandably focuses on how to recruit a more diverse faculty, also important are structures and supports that enable mid-career faculty from underrepresented groups to thrive. This symposium discusses the challenges that mid-career faculty experience and the actions institutions can take to address these challenges.
12:00 pm – Welcome
12:10 pm – Insights from COACHE data
12:30 pm – Understanding the challenges mid-career faculty of color experience
1:30 pm – Actions institutions can take to enable mid-career faculty of color to thrive
2:55 pm – Closing and next steps
This session, open to all faculty, will provide an opportunity for attendees to share challenges, strategies, and ideas for managing caregiving following brief presentations on Penn resources and policy initiatives from Karen Kille, Worklife Specialist, Quality of Worklife Programs, Chenoa Flippen, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair, Penn Forum for Women Faculty, and Laura Perna, Vice Provost for Faculty.
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This session is sponsored by: Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, the Penn Forum for Women Faculty, and the Division of Human Resources.