Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


FCSM DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN

FCSM Climate

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
Formalize FCSM Diversity Action Committee (DAC) as a standing committee of the FCSM College Council Documentation of Committee status in FCSM College Council Minutes FCSM Diversity Action Committee,
FCSM College Council
 
New Faculty Orientation program • Develop committee with departmental representatives
• Develop program for
2011-2012 AY
FCSM Orientation Committee  
Parental Leave Policy Develop standardized FCSM policy in alignment with University/AAUP recommendations FCSM Council of Chairs  
Stop the Clock Tenure Policy Initiate cross campus discussion to establish a university policy FCSM Council of Chairs  
On-campus Child Care Facilitate a cross campus discussion concerning issues related to faculty access to on-campus child care and possible alternatives (infant/drop in) FCSM Diversity Action Committee,
ADVANCE
 
Develop plan for annual recognition (Fall Forum) for Department exhibiting best practices in support of diversity initiatives • Annual self assessment from each department based upon their respective Diversity Action Plans
• Implement for 2012-13 AY
FCSM Diversity Action Committee  
Establish Faculty/Student diversity liaison officers (designated on course syllabi on Blackboard-directed to website) • Establish responsibilities of Diversity Liaison officers
• Collect a list of faculty and students willing to serve as Diversity Liaison officers
FCSM Diversity Action Committee  
Develop Committee website with relevant University and Departmental Data Establish Website and management plan for updates FCSM Diversity Action Committee and
Howard Kaplon
 
Develop Committee website with best practices links, reference resources Establish Website and management plan for updates FCSM Diversity Action Committee and Howard Kaplon  

 

FCSM Faculty Recruitment

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
Ensure diverse composition of search committees • Departmental Records
• Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Records
Department Chair,
Search Committee Chair
Annual, as searches arise
Ensure dissemination of advertisements to diverse outlets Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Records Search Committee chairs Annual, as searches arise
Develop a working list of outlets for recruiting underrepresented groups to be made available on FCSM website FCSM Diversity Action Committee Chair, FCSM Diversity Action Committee Annual updates
Encourage faculty membership in minority/underrepresented group professional societies

Survey of FCSM faculty

(Potential funds available to support secondary memberships)
Dean,
FCSM Diversity Action Committee
Annual
FCSM faculty recruitment goals will align with the statistics related to race and ethnicity for the recruitment area Compare recruitment statistics against National Figures for Ph.D. in each discipline FCSM Diversity Action Committee Annual

 

FCSM Faculty Retention

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
Get data on faculty retention for the last 5 years from each department that includes number hired and number retained with related diversity information: number of tenure-track/tenured, permanent lecturer etc. , number of faculty leaving grouped by reason for leaving (if known) etc. (to be updated annually) • Summarize results and assess individual department with respect to FCSM averages and relate to diversity
• Evaluate department actions to improve retention based on data
Department chair,
Dean's office
End of this academic year?
Develop guidelines for new faculty mentoring by specifying how mentors might be selected to help faculty prepare for annual/3rd year/tenure review/promotion to full professor (if possible select senior faculty mentors in related research area or with similar interests in teaching etc.) Measures to assess role of mentoring in faculty retention and how mentoring effectiveness can be improved (are approaches adopted by some departments more successful than others, how can the FCSM reward successful departments? give an annual award for most successful department?) Department Chair,
P & T Chair
 
Evaluate faculty review results to identify faculty member's strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to address issues before the next review Measure success of plan and list plan changes to be made if any Faculty member and mentor, Department Chair,
P & T Chair
 
Identify areas that impact faculty retention (determine resources/ equipment needed by new faculty for research and teaching, ways to give credit for activities that complement teaching and scholarship, spouse or partner employment, new faculty development workshops and information resources, workload/ salary/travel/ compensation issues) Determine what resources/equipment are needed and evaluate ways to effectively meet new faculty requests; ways to assess new faculty feedback and concerns; evaluate success of specific actions taken to improve faculty retention Faculty member, Department Chair  
Establish system for Exit Interviews when someone chooses to leave the university Perform Exit Interviews for all faculty that leave prior to retirement FCSM Diversity Action Committee  
Establish interdepartmental opportunities for networking Happy Hours or FCSM-wide seminars and receptions    
Obtained by a Google search for: faculty retention diversity
http://www.lmu.edu/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=47860
http://www.cmu.edu/diversity-guide/resources/recruiting-faculty/retention-and-success.html
http://www.provost.iastate.edu/fad/PolicySalarySupportFebruary2011.pdf

 

FCSM Faculty Professional Development

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
Create a short (5 min) online diversity training course for faculty and students that will include committee members' names. Each faculty and student will have to take it once a year (e.g. on Sept. 5th nobody can log into their e-mail account without taking the course first). Keep modifying this course every year. Include a feedback question at the end of the course. Provide a small stipend to the person who will be developing those courses (minimester or summer) COSC Grad Student?,
FCSM Diversity Action Committee
The first course by 09/2011
Invite a prominent speaker annually, possibly have him/her speak in departments (speak on diversity or have diverse speakers provide disciplinary lectures) Distribute a short questionnaire/information sheet at the end of the talk. Allocate some funds for the speakers. Dean,
FCSM Diversity Action Committee
Start now!
Apply for new award category in diversity (for a department rather than an individual)   Dean’s Council  
Establish diversity committees in each department Develop Departmental Diversity Action Plans and perform annual assessments FCSM Chairs 2015
Have each instructor add a diversity link to each of their syllabi. FCSM DAC will write a brief, universal statement to be added with link to information. The department chairs should communicate this requirement to the faculty. FCSM Chairs 09/2011
Each department web page should have a diversity link to several pages, including contact names for students Inform the chairs, and set a deadline FCSM Chairs 09/2011

 

FCSM Student Recruitment

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
FCSM student recruitment goals should be aligned with Maryland ethnicity statistics Annually review FCSM Student ethnicity Institutional Research,
FCSM Diversity Action Committee
 
Create an active network with Alumni (Target Science Education Faculty who can recommend TU to students)   Alumni Office  
FCSM Participation in High School College Fairs Check University level recruitment efforts Admissions  
Hands-on Innovation Career Days at FCSM   Hackerman Academy?  
Encourage recruitment Field-trips to High Schools and Community Colleges led by FCSM Student Organizations (e.g. MSTC)   FCSM Diversity Action Committee  
Create partnerships with other Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges (e.g. transfer students) Gather list of all articulation agreements    
Facilitate one-on-one TU/High school mentoring program Pilot program?    
Encourage admissions to conduct tours in other languages (targeting 1st generation families) Provide suggestion to Admissions Admissions  
Facilitate grant writing to support Pre-college Summer College Experience (students in 10th and 11th grade)—(include Pre-Professional Skills Tests –SAT-Workshop) see appendix for detail Encourage multi-institutional program    
Facilitate grant writing to support Summer College Experience—see appendix for detail      
Support faculty participation in recruitment when attending the McNair/ABRCMS/SACNAS Conference to present their or their student's research Provide recruitment materials    
Encourage admissions to create (if it doesn't exist) a FCSM recruitment officer staff position      

 

FCSM Student Retention

Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)

Time frame
Assist faculty to be sensitive to the issue of diversity in the classroom Orientation of faculty at the College and Department level Department Chairs  
Assist faculty with ways to introduce diversity in the classroom and make course material more inclusive Orientation function for new faculty. Establish web resource site with best practices for current and new faculty May be best done at the College level – FCSM Diversity Action Committee  
Work with University to increase support services to students from underrepresented groups Increase FCSM support for TOPS, TOP10 and other TU outreach initiatives to under served groups Establish "baseline" data for these students and determine action plan if needed College Dean or Associate Dean,
Administrator for TOP 10 and other TU-wide initiatives
 

 

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