Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity SCFDDE
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The Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity ("SCFDDE") (i) identifies and promotes best practices for faculty development, mentoring and work environment to facilitate faculty success at all career levels; (ii) evaluates and advocates processes for faculty recruitment, promotion, and retention that promote diversity equity, and work/life balance for the faculty; (iii) monitors the status of faculty development, mentoring, diversity and equity; and (iv) issues periodic reports on the activities and findings of the committee that makes recommendations for implementation.
Specific Charges, 2022-2023
- (Overarching charge) Address systemic racism and other forms of inequity by assessing and evaluating ways to change University structures, practices, and biases at the University, school, departmental, and individual levels. Examples include eligibility for leadership roles; differential standards for faculty evaluation and compensation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, department-level voting privileges; biases implicit in quantitative methods for evaluating faculty; and evaluation of effectiveness of campus mental health and wellness programs.
- Review the current policies related to parental and teaching leave for faculty who choose to grow their families via foster care with the goal of revising the Faculty Handbook as appropriate to address faculty needs.
- In consultation with SCOF, review and comment on the Associated Faculty and Academic Support Staff options available in the Faculty Handbook with the goal of making the positions appealing enough to attract a diverse applicant pool and considering the possibility of promotion and professional growth for each of the different positions.
- Gather and examine data that can help determine trends in gender, race and ethnicity in division, department chair, and deanship leadership at the University over the past five years.
- Gather and examine data to better understand how each promotion and tenure committee considers service in its promotion guidelines and deliberations and whether there are any ways to prevent overburdening particular faculty groups with service (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, junior faculty).
- Review school-level initiatives to foster faculty development and leadership roles for faculty of color and compile a list of learnings and programs that could be replicated across the schools for the University community.
- Consider the needs of faculty, students, and staff who feel victimized by faculty speech, especially in relation to academic freedom and responsibility.
SCFDDE 2022-2023 Membership
- Hydar Ali (Dental Medicine)
- Dani Smith Bassett (SEAS/Bioengineering)
- Antonella Cianferoni (PSOM/Pediatrics)
- Nelson Flores (GSE), Chair
- Carmen Guerra (PSOM/Medicine)
- Junhyong Kim (SAS/Biology)
- Meghan Lane-Fall (PSOM/Anesthesiology & Critical Care)
- Ex officio:
- A representative of the Senate Tri-Chairs
- Sherrill Adams, Dental Medicine, PASEF non-voting member