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Faculty and Administrative Diversity

Sep 30 2016

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Dialogue

Concern Area: Extracurricular Diversity: Haas Center for Public Service

Progress as of September 30, 2016

Follow-up Items:

  1. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity will work with the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development (VPFFDD) to strategically integrate the value of diversity into existing venues – e.g., New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Bootcamp. 
    UPDATE: Faculty diversity is a centerpiece of the VPFDD's mission and its importance is woven into the events activities organized by the office. Diversity and inclusion discussions are included in New Faculty Orientation, and Senior Associate Vice Provost Matt Snipp discussed the Faculty Diversity Initiative at the retreat for new department chairs this summer. The office is also in conversation with several departments that are considering FDI searches.  

  2. How best to ensure students in CSRE have access to faculty advisors for honors theses, including the possibility of creating teams of faculty with comparative expertise (subject matter, methodology, etc.) as a model. The topic will be incorporated into the annual CSRE faculty retreat that takes place in August.
    UPDATE: This topic was discussed at length at the CSRE faculty retreat. In addition, there is discussion with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education about engaging advanced graduate students in advising with primary faculty advisors providing oversight. The faculty in CSRE are working to identify the best ways to mitigate the problem students have in accessing advisors for honors theses.  

  3. Acknowledging the challenges to obtain accurate demographic faculty data (including federal guidelines/definitions, software limitations and confidentiality), the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity will inquire as to what is currently done to collect the data and if it is possible to get additional data on faculty demographics, including hiring and promotion data.
    UPDATE: The VPFDD's office issued a report to the faculty senate at the end of May 2016 with data relevant to this request. The report can be found in the Faculty Senate minutes here. The data available in the report comply with current Stanford human resources policies and with employment law.  More detailed reporting of the data runs the risk of conflicting with these policies and laws.

 

 

Initial Meeting: April 11, 2016

Attendees
WTU representatives:
Jazlyn Patricio-Archer, Shane Johnson, Colin Kimzey, Paul Watkins

Administration/Faculty/Staff:
Harry Elam (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education), Patti Gumport (Vice Provost for Graduate Education), Matt Snipp (Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity), Duana Fullwiley (Anthropology Professor), Richard Shaw (Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid), Nicole Taylor (Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs), Karen Biestman (Associate Dean & Director, Native American Cultural Center; notetaker)

Discussion Summary
Discussed several topics related to specific students concerns around faculty/ administrative diversity, including:

  • How faculty get hired;

  • The Faculty Development Initiative (FDI) and efforts that are already underway to address faculty diversity;

  • Challenges faced in recruiting and securing diverse faculty candidates;

  • WTU students’ demand for faculty training on diversity, and the kind of approaches that are likely to be successful in discussing diversity issues with faculty;

  • Data collection and distribution on the demographics of the faculty and the student body; specific challenges in mandated demographic data categories, how they have changed over time and that they will be changing again soon; and,

  • Possible strategies to address the difficulty that some CSRE students have for finding honors theses advisors.

Next Steps
1. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity will work with the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development (VPFFDD) to strategically integrate the value of diversity into existing venues – e.g., New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Bootcamp. UPDATE: The office of the VPFFDD has produced a video that was designed to be shown to department chairs and others involved in faculty recruitment. Staff in the VPFFDD office developed this video and they are identifying how this video could be re-purposed and used more broadly, and additional ways to move this training ahead.

2. Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Matt Snipp has already begun conversations with CSRE faculty about how best to ensure students have access to faculty advisors for honors theses, including the possibility of creating teams of faculty with comparative expertise (subject matter, methodology, etc.) as a model. CSRE faculty will continue to work on this issue in the coming months, and the topic will be incorporated into their annual faculty retreat that takes place in August.

3. Acknowledging the challenges to obtain accurate demographic faculty data (including federal guidelines/definitions, software limitations and confidentiality), the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity will inquire as to what is currently done to collect the data and if it is possible to get additional data on faculty demographics, including hiring and promotion data. This will include inquiring how all faculty-staff demographic categories are set and what may be possible to change going forward. Detailed tenure data by race and department is a much more difficult inquiry, and will take much longer to identify what is possible to obtain.

Additional Update
Our 15th Faculty Development Initiative appointment has just been made. Senior Associate Vice Provost Matt Snipp recently made the announcement:

“Jackie Hwang has accepted our offer to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Jackie was a Math and Sociology major here at Stanford before moving to Harvard where she received her Ph.D in sociology.  Her Ph.D. research focused on the connection between immigration, residential segregation, and gentrification.  For the past year, she has been a post-doc in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.  She will spend another year there and then join the Stanford faculty September 1, 2017.”