Welcome to the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Faculty Development page! Below, you will find information regarding various College of Education initiatives that center diversity and faculty development

Faculty Mentoring Program

The College of Education’s Faculty Mentoring Program is a formal college-wide program that brings together junior and senior level faculty from across our six departments. Currently, interested assistant professors and clinical assistant professors are matched with two mentors at the advanced assistant, associate, or full professor levels. The goal is to match faculty with one colleague from their home department as well as one mentor outside their home department to offer multiple points of support and varied perspectives. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect throughout the academic year and are provided with resources to build generative, meaningful, and sustaining relationships.

For the inaugural year of this program in 2021-2022, 30 College of Education faculty are participating as mentees and 36 are serving in the capacity of mentors. If you are a College of Education assistant professor or clinical assistant professor and you would like to participate in this program, please contact Kelly Guyotte.

Faculty Cohort Gatherings

Throughout the year, Office of Diversity Initiatives and Faculty Development sponsors informal gatherings for College of Education faculty to come together, share resources and advice, and to engage together in dialogue about faculty support and development. In 2021, the primary focus is on connecting with assistant-level faculty through their cohorts. The goal of these gatherings is to build community, collaboration, and to support faculty success.

Faculty Cohort Events

Date Cohort
September 12, 2021 Assistant Professors at the 4th, 5th, and 6th year on the Tenure Track
October 14, 2021 Assistant Professors at the 2nd and 3rd year on the Tenure Track
November 4, 2021 Clinical Assistant Professors (all years)
January 2022 Assistant Professors in their 1st year on the Tenure Track
March 2022 Associate Professors
May 2022 Assistant Professors in their 1st year on the Tenure Track

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advocates

Each faculty search committee in the College of Education is now required to have a DEI Advocate. For 2021-2022, DEI Advocates are individuals who are active members of either the College of Education DEI Committee, the College of Education Faculty Retention and Recruitment Committee, or the ESPRMC Diversity Council. In the future, we hope to expand this opportunity to others in the College. The primary responsibility of the DEI Advocate is to actively monitor each stage of the search process to ensure an equitable and inclusive search is taking place.

COE DEI Advocate Responsibilities (link to document)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Methodological Speaker Series

In collaboration with the Educational Research Program, the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Faculty Development sponsors multiple talks throughout the academic year that promote DEI-related issues taken up through and with research methodology. This speaker series elevates the work of early- and mid-career faculty who center some aspect of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in their methodological work.

2021-2022 Speakers

  • Dr. Casey Wong, Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA, good kid, m.a.a.d research: Culturally Sustaining Research and Decentering the White Gaze with Kendrick Lamar, Thursday, October 14th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm CT
  • Dr. Mario I. Suárez, Assistant Professor, Utah State University, The Trans Workers in Schools Survey Project: Challenges and Contributions, Thursday, November 11th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm CT
  • Spring 2022 Speakers TBD

2020-2021 Speakers

  • Dr. Stephanie P. Jones, Rooted in Dialogue: Using Sister Circles in Qualitative Research
  • Dr. Sophia Rodriquez, Avowing and Healing in Qualitative Research: Revisiting the Confessional Interview in Research with Undocumented Youth and Reflections on Ethnographic Fieldwork

Grant Support

In collaboration with the Office of Research and Service, Office of Diversity Initiatives and Faculty Development offers grant support and grant-related professional development opportunities throughout the academic year. Faculty in the College of Education are encouraged to participate in relevant workshops and events and to check back for more information in the coming months.

2022 Grant Support Events

January 2022, Introduction to Grants in the College of Education, David Hardy, Associate Dean for Research and Service

February 2022, COE Connections: A Networking Event, Kelly Guyotte, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Faculty Development