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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Diversity Action Plan

Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences Diversity Action Plan v.1.3

Approved March 2013

 

PAGS Diversity Committee Mission Statement:
The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences (PAGS), in accordance with the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (FCSM) and with the Towson University Strategic Plan, believes that we must support initiatives that promote diversity among FCSM faculty, staff and students. To fulfill that vision, we are committed to increasing the quality and diversity of our students, faculty and staff while increasing retention and curriculum initiatives. In accordance with the FCSM’s Diversity Action Plan, this document describes the PAGS Diversity Action Plan goals, action steps, assessment, responsible person(s) and time-frames for evaluation.

Defining Diversity:
Diversity is a pluralistic term and emphasizes different areas. Hence, diversity as defined by the FCSM includes attending to climate, recruitment and retention of students, staff and faculty of various age, career experiences, nationality, philosophies and viewpoints, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, disabilities and race. Addressing different dimensions of diversity in this manner ensures that Towson University and specifically the FCSM, attends to a perennial diversity challenge in post-secondary education.

Members of the PAGS Diversity Committee:
Dr. Rommel Miranda (Chair) (2011-2014)
Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (2012-2015)
Dr. Joel Moore (2013-2016)
Dr. Parviz Ghavamian (2014-2017)
Dr. David Schaefer (ex-officio)

Diversity Action Plan Goals:

 


Goal 1: Develop and promote a respectful departmental climate and provide services that appreciate and celebrate differences.


Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)


Time frame

All new faculty shall participate in the New Faculty Orientation Program provided by the FCSM.

Post FCSM Orientation Survey

PAGS Diversity Committee

Survey administered within one week of orientation program

PAGS will work to offer a diverse representation of seminar speakers in the department seminar series.

Monitor the number and types of speakers presenting each semester.

PAGS Diversity Committee

Data will be collected and evaluated once per year.

The PAGS department will develop a diversity committee website and establish a link to the commitment-to-diversity section on the home page of the PAGS’ department website and add a diversity initiative to the departmental spotlight area of the homepage.

Ensure PAGS departmental website has working commitment-to-diversity link on its homepage and update the diversity initiative in the departmental spotlight area of the home page.

PAGS Webpage Coordinator

Each semester

 

 

Goal 2: Recruit, hire and retain culturally diverse employees within the PAGS department


Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)


Time frame

The PAGS department, in accordance with Towson University Hiring Protocols, will ensure the diverse composition of search committees. To ensure the diversity composition of search committees, the search committee chair can recruit faculty or staff members from outside the department to serve.

Departmental records;
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity records

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Search Committee Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual, as searches arise

The PAGS department, in accordance with Towson University Hiring Protocols, will ensure dissemination of advertisements to diverse outlets.

Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity records

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Search Committee Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual, as searches arise

The PAGS department will add a link to the PAGS departmental web page that provides the TU Office of Diversity’s working list of outlets for recruiting underrepresented groups.

PAGS Diversity Action Committee

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual

The PAGS department will get data on faculty retention for the last five years 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.

Summarize results and assess PAGS department with respect to FCSM averages and relate to diversity.

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual

 

 


Goal 3: Provide professional development activities that assist staff and faculty to understand their own and other cultures.


Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)


Time frame

The PAGS Diversity Action Committee shall meet no less than twice per year to evaluate existing goals and propose implementation of new activities for the department.

An annual report of diversity assessment will be produced and submitted to the FCSM Diversity Committee

PAGS Diversity Committee

Every year

Each departmental instructor will add a diversity link, developed by the FCSM Diversity Action Committee, to each of their syllabi.

The department chairs will communicate this requirement to the faculty.

PAGS Chair

Every semester

The PAGs departmental web page will have a diversity link to several pages, including contact names for students.

PAGS Diversity Action Committee

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Website Coordinator

Each semester

 

 

Goal 4: Recruit and retain culturally diverse students within the PAGS department


Action Steps

Assessment and Performance Measures

Responsible Person(s)


Time frame

The PAGS department will develop a working list of outlets for recruiting culturally diverse students to be made available to the FCSM Diversity Action Committee.

PAGS Diversity Action Committee

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual

The PAGS department will collect data on student retention for the last five years that includes number of majors and number of majors retained with related diversity information.

Summarize results and assess PAGS department with respect to FCSM averages and relate to diversity.

PAGS Chair;
PAGS Diversity Action Committee

Annual

 

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