Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Group:

In January 2016, Dean Kevin Guskiewicz created the Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Group. Its members, representing divisions across the College, advise the dean in all matters of diversity and inclusiveness and will help him develop a five-year plan for key initiatives. Its members are:
  • Kia Caldwell, director of faculty diversity initiatives
  • Frank Baumgartner, professor of political science
  • Claude Clegg, professor of African, African American and diaspora studies
  • Benjamin Frey, assistant professor of American studies
  • Jennifer Ho, associate professor of English and comparative literature
  • Sharon Holland, professor of American studies
  • Enrique Neblett, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience
  • Todd Ochoa, associate professor of religious studies

Roles and Responsibilities of Diversity Liaisons:

The diversity liaison program was established in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and has been successful in creating a network of faculty who are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in their departments and throughout the College. Diversity liaisons are appointed by academic department chairs (and chairs of a few of College’s larger curriculum programs) and ideally should be tenured faculty.

The role of diversity liaisons should be rotated within departments, with each faculty member serving for at least two years.

The diversity liaisons work closely with chairs and their colleagues on issues such as departmental/unit climate, faculty recruitment and hiring, the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity and graduate student admissions. The primary responsibilities of the diversity liaisons are listed below. Since the needs of each department and curriculum vary, diversity liaisons may, in consultation with the chair, modify these responsibilities and/or take on other duties or responsibilities, as needed.

Diversity liaisons:

  • Serve as advocates for and champions of diversity, equity and inclusion within their home departments/units.
  • Serve as a channel for communicating diversity-related news and information to their departmental colleagues.
  • Work closely with their chairs to establish diversity goals and priorities for their departments/units.
  • Bring a diversity perspective to faculty hiring through the development and implementation of best practices in searches (e.g., unconscious bias training, the use of rubrics, etc.) and/or by serving on search committees, as necessary.
  • Work with the department chair, faculty, director of undergraduate studies and director of graduate studies to develop and implement curricular changes and innovations that promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Play an important role in the selection of potential candidates for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity at the departmental level.
  • Complete the annual diversity report for the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with their chairs.

Diversity Liaisons:

African, African American, and Diaspora Studies: Lydia Boyd
American Studies: Rachel Willis
Anthropology: Glenn Hinson
Art: John Bowles
Asian Studies: Ji-Yeon Jo
Biology: Sabrina Burmeister
Biomedical engineering: Jason Franz
Chemistry: Jerry Meyer
City and Regional Planning: Andrew Whittemore
Classics: Al Duncan
Communication: Mike Palm
Computer Science: Tessa Nicholas
Dramatic Art: Jan Chambers
Economics: Klara Peter
English and Comparative Literature: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Exercise and Sport Science: Anthony Hackney
GeographySara Smith
Geological SciencesKevin Stewart
Germanic and Slavic Languages and LiteraturesPriscilla Layne
Global Studies: Michal Osterweil
History: Sarah Shields
Linguistics: J. Michael Terry
Marine Sciences: Alberto Scotti
Mathematics: Hans Christianson
Music: Juan Alamo
Philosophy: Mariska Leunissen
Physics and Astronomy: Jon Engel and Sheila Kannappan
Political Science: Frank Baumgartner
Psychology and Neuroscience: Anna Bardone-Cone and Enrique Neblett
Public Policy: Ashu Handa
Religious Studies: Todd Ochoa
Romance Studies: Carmen Hsu
Sociology: Andrew Perrin
Statistics and Operations Research: Nilay Argon
Women’s and Gender Studies: Ariana Vigil