As Ivy+ Provost Leadership Fellows, These STEM Scholars Are Focusing on Equity
Five Duke University faculty members from four schools have been selected as Ivy+ Provost Leadership Fellows in the inaugural Institute on Inquiry, Equity and Leadership in the Academic Department.
Organized by the Ivy+ Faculty Advancement Network (FAN), the institute supports faculty leaders in examining academic routines, centering equity in policies and norms, and ultimately leading more inclusive departments. FAN is a consortium of national research universities collaborating to advance diversity and inclusion in the American professoriate.
This leadership development opportunity is part of Duke Faculty Advancement’s portfolio of programs to support faculty at critical stages of their careers and complement existing programs at the school and department level. Earlier this year, deans were invited to nominate faculty members in STEM fields who hold leadership positions in their schools.
2022-2023 Duke Ivy+ Provost Leadership Fellows
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science & Policy
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Nicholas School of the Environment
Yoh Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Director of Graduate Studies, Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Pratt School of Engineering
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Deputy Director of Academics, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Professor of Biology
Dean of Graduate Education, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Full Year of Collaborative Inquiry
The Duke cohort, joined by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Craig Henriquez, traveled to New Haven for the kickoff event at Yale from September 29 through October 1. They engaged with peers from other universities, established group norms and learned about the fundamentals of equity-minded leadership in higher education.
Besides Duke, other schools taking part in the institute are Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.
During the next phase, the fellows will engage in equity-centered learning modules on six topics:
- Service and workload
- Searches and hiring
- Graduate education
- Culture and climate
- Excellence, merit and peer review.
Each module, directed by an expert scholar, will involve a masterclass-style video, an online workshop and a debrief meeting among local cohorts.
In April, all fellows will reconvene at the University of Chicago for a capstone experience. They’ll design collaborative equity projects that are aimed at yielding systemic improvements in diversity and inclusion in the American professoriate. Subject matter experts will be on hand to provide critical input.
A Vital Partnership With Other Universities
Kiernan Mathews serves as FAN’s executive director. “I agreed to serve Duke and its peers because FAN’s board members are as eager to tackle systemic inequity as I am,” he said. “These Ivy+ Provost Leadership Fellows represent an important step — but just the first step — to transform the academy.”
Abbas Benmamoun, who represents Duke in his role as vice provost for faculty advancement, says that FAN is an important way for schools to learn from each other and collaborate on key initiatives.
Duke’s engagement in this work supports President Price’s strategic priorities of investing in our faculty and renewing our campus community.
Duke Faculty Advancement provides leadership, guidance and oversight of university-wide strategies and programs to support faculty excellence and foster an inclusive and equitable learning, research and work environment. We offer faculty and leadership development programs and partner with Duke schools, departments and other academic units to advance faculty careers and enhance faculty success at Duke. We work to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and strive to promote an academic environment that lives up to the Duke values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery and excellence.
Upcoming Workshops for Department Chairs and Other Faculty Leaders
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- Empowering Your Faculty to Partner in Improving Climate and Culture in Your Unit
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