Faculty Advisory Committee

Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee

The College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee (DFDAC) aims to improve the climate for diversity in the college by advising the Dean on diversity issues, proposing strategies for creating more diversity in the College as a whole, and supporting diversity efforts in departments and units. Additionally, the committee is charged with critically reviewing the progress of the College in the area of diversity and making recommendations to the Dean on strategies to create a culture of inclusive excellence for faculty, students and staff.

Goals and Responsibilities of the Committee

  • Serve in an advisory capacity related to implementation and monitoring of key action steps outlined in the College’s diversity plan (in progress). Prepare an annual report that assesses the College’s progress towards these objectives.
  • Provide consultation and feedback on overall College and campus climate.
  • Consult on the development of programs within the College that aid in the recruitment, retention, productivity and success of faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Serve as a liaison between faculty and the Dean’s Office, soliciting feedback and sharing communication.

Membership

Effective July 1, 2021, the Dean’s Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee will consist of three (3) members of the faculty from each of the three academic divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences – two tenure-track/tenured and one fixed-term faculty member per division. All permanent fixed-term and tenure-track/tenured faculty are eligible to serve on the committee. Committee members will serve two-year terms, with the option to renew for an additional one-year term.

Interested individuals should click here to contact the Dean’s office Link is external. As vacancies on the committee arise, selections for committee members will be made in May. Committee members will be chosen by the Dean, in consultation with the College Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Chair and Staffing

The College Associate Dean for DEI serves as chair of the committee. The committee receives staff support from the associate dean for human resources, director of College initiatives and the executive assistant to the dean.

Meeting Schedule

The DFDAC meets monthly. If you would like to submit items to the DFDAC for consideration, please contact Lachonya Thompson or Sabrina Burmeister.

Current Advisory Committee

Sabrina Burmeister
Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives
Sabrina Burmeister
Frank Baumgartner
Professor of Political Science
Frank Baumgartner
Claude Clegg
Professor of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies and History
Claude Clegg
Renée Alexander Craft
Associate Professor of Communication
Renée Alexander Craft
Benjamin Frey
Assistant Professor of American Studies
Benjamin Frey
Anna Agbe-Davies
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Anna Agbe-Davies
Jackie Hagan
Professor of Sociology
Jackie Hagan
Heidi Kim
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Heidi Kim
Zach Kerr
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science
Zach Kerr
Charlene Regester
Associate Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies
Charlene Regester
Leslie Hicks
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Leslie Hicks
Lachonya Thompson
Director of College Initiatives
Lachonya Thompson
Elizabeth Engelhardt
Senior Associate Dean, Fine Arts and Humanities
Elizabeth Engelhardt
Terry Rhodes
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Terry Rhodes