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2007 Diversifying Faculty Workshop

Diversifying Your Faculty — Honest Conversations

Date: Friday, November 16, 2007, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Where: San Diego, California

This workshop was developed by the Academic Relations Committee and the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession.

The workshop covered issues of recruiting majors, recruiting and retaining faculty of color, and realities facing faculty of color. Breakout session topics included helping pretenured faculty; thinking through institutional citizenship and mentoring; and issues from the AAR Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, upon which the workshop is based. Miguel A. De La Torre, Associate Professor at Iliff School of Theology and editor of the Career Guide, led the workshop. The Guide is available online and was distributed to participants in book form.

Leader:

  • Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology

Panelists: Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Brite Divinity School
  • Akintunde Akinade, High Point University
  • Sharon Watson Fluker, Fund for Theological Education
  • Edwin Aponte, Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Moravian Theological Seminary
  • Fumitaka Matsuoka, Pacific School of Religion

Agenda:

Legal issues, conflicts, and life cycles were addressed for individual, department, and administration concerns.

9:00 AM      Welcome – Miguel A. De La Torre
9:15 AM   Recruitment of Majors – Sharon Watson Fluker
10:00 AM   Reality of Faculty of Color - Stacey Floyd-Thomas
10:45 AM   Break
11:00 AM   Recruitment of Faculty of Color – Edwin Aponte
11:45 AM   Lunch
12:30 PM   Retention of Faculty of Color – Fumitaka Matsuoka
1:15 PM  

Break-out sessions:

  • Helping pre-tenured faculty – Edwin Aponte
  • Think through institutional citizenship & mentoring – Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Akintunde Akinade
  • AAR Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession – Miguel A. De La Torre
2:00 PM   Break
2:15 PM   Panel discussion with four major speakers