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:
  • 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
  • Jennifer Ho, professor of English and comparative literature
  • Sharon Holland, professor of American studies
  • Enrique Neblett, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience
  • Anna Agbe-Davis, associate professor of anthropology
  • Jackie Hagan, professor of sociology
  • Rumay Alexander, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer, diversity & multicultural affairs (ex-officio)
  • Terry Rhodes, senior associate dean, fine arts and humanities
  • Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts & Scienes

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:

Aerospace Studies: MaDana Bivens
African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
: Perry Hall
American Studies: Rachel Willis (on leave) and Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
Anthropology: Angela Stuesse
Art: John Bowles
Asian Studies: Wendan Li
Biology: Amy Gladfelter
Biomedical engineering: Jason Franz
Chemistry: Jerry Meyer
City and Regional Planning: Mai Nguyen
Classics: Al Duncan
Communication: Mike Palm (on leave) and Kumi Silva (spring 2019)
Computer Science: Mike Reiter
Dramatic Art: Jan Chambers
Economics: Sergio Parreiras
English and Comparative Literature: Heidi Kim
Environment, Ecology and Energy: Lama BouFajreldin
Exercise and Sport Science: Anthony Hackney
Geography: Clark Gray
Geological Sciences: Megan Plenge
Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures: Radislav Lapushin
Global Studies: Michal Osterweil
History: Michelle King
Linguistics: J. Michael (Jules) Terry
Marine Sciences: Alberto Scotti
Mathematics: Hans Christianson
Music: Michael Figueroa
Philosophy: Mariska Leunissen
Physics and Astronomy: Amy Oldenburg
Political Science: Navin Bapat
Psychology and Neuroscience: Enrique Neblett
Public Policy: Candis Watts Smith
Religious Studies: Todd Ochoa
Romance Studies: Bruno Estigarribia
Sociology: Andrew Perrin
Statistics and Operations Research: Nilay Argon
Women’s and Gender Studies: Karen Booth and Tanya Shields