Faculty Short Course on Improving Departmental Climate

Monday, August 2 - Thursday, August 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily

PRESENTED BY: The Office for Faculty Advancement with support from the Office for Institutional Equity
COURSE FACILITATORS: Duke faculty and campus leaders, including

Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity
Marion Broome, Former Dean (Nursing)
Kathy Franz, Chair (Chemistry)
Kerry Haynie, Chair (Political Science)
David Jamieson-Drake, Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research
Rick Larrick, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Fuqua)
Jessica Sperling, Social Science Research Institute
Tomi Akinyemiju, Vice-Chair for Inclusion and Diversity (Population Health Sciences)
Don Taylor, Director, Social Science Research Institute

As Duke continues to work toward becoming a more equitable institution, many faculty are working to reimagine aspects of their professional experiences and interactions with others. For some, this includes examining their school/departmental climates and revisiting the norms and behaviors that impact their students, staff and faculty colleagues. This short course will guide faculty through sessions to explore their current school/departmental climates and empower them with practical steps to increase equity in their local environments.

Topics will include:
• Examining the norms and values that currently exist in schools and departments, and identifying how they influence departmental culture and practice
• Considering the differing lived and professional experiences of faculty, staff and students in academic units
• Building team and collaborative relationships among colleagues
• Developing practical strategies to approach climate challenges across groups
• Exploring how departmental policies and structures impact retention and professional success
• Identifying methods to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of departmental practices

The short course will run for four consecutive days from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day. Participants who complete all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.