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Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Group:

In January 2016, then-Dean Kevin Guskiewicz created the Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Group. Its members, now serving under Dean Terry Rhodes, represent divisions across the College and advise the dean in all matters of diversity and inclusiveness. The advisory group is currently composed of:
  • Sabrina Burmeister, director of faculty diversity initiatives
  • Frank Baumgartner, professor of political science
  • Claude Clegg, professor of African, African-American and diaspora studies and history
  • Renee Alexander Craft, associate professor of communication
  • Benjamin Frey, assistant professor of American studies
  • Sharon Holland, professor of American studies
  • Anna Agbe-Davis, associate professor of anthropology
  • Jackie Hagan, professor of sociology
  • Heidi Kim, associate professor of English and comparative literature
  • Zach Kerr, assistant professor of exercise and sport science
  • Charlene Register, associate professor, African, African American and diaspora studies
  • Leslie Hicks, associate professor of chemistry
  • Lachonya Thompson, director of College initiatives
  • Elizabeth Engelhardt, senior associate dean, fine arts and humanities
  • Terry Rhodes, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

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 & Sciences in collaboration with their chairs.

Diversity Liaisons:

Aerospace Studies: Kendrick Fitzgerald
African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
: Lydia Boyd
American Studies: Dan Cobb
Anthropology: Valerie Lambert
Art and Art History: Roxana Perez-Mendez
Biology: Amy Gladfelter
Biomedical Engineering: Kennita Johnson
Chemistry: Jerry Meyer
City and Regional Planning: Meenu Tewari
Classics: Sharon James
Communication: Mike Palm
Computer Science: Mike Reiter
Dramatic Art: Jan Chambers
Economics: Rita Balaban and Kalina Staub
English and Comparative Literature: Gaby Calvocoressi (fall 2019)
Environment, Ecology and Energy: Lama BouFajreldin
Exercise and Sport Science: Barbara Osborne
Geography: Diego Riveros-Iregui
Geological Sciences: Joel Hudley
Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures: Priscilla Layne
Global Studies: Michal Osterweil
History: Miguel La Serna
Linguistics: Brian Hsu
Marine Sciences: Alberto Scotti
Mathematics: Hans Christianson
Music: Nicholas DiEugenio
Philosophy: Tom Dougherty
Physics and Astronomy: Jonathan Engel
Political Science: Susan Bickford
Psychology and Neuroscience: Shauna Cooper
Public Policy: Patricia Sullivan
Religious Studies: Brendan Thornton
Romance Studies: Kristine Taylor
Sociology: Lisa Pearce
Statistics and Operations Research: Mariana Olvera-Cravioto
Women’s and Gender Studies: Susan Harbage Page