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Summary of key points

Summary of Key Points

Leading Through Diversity

Sept. 14-16, 2009

The chair s role in leading and managing change
The Chair’s Role in Leading and Managing Change

  • Reactions to change (shock, denial, anger bargaining depression, acceptance)

  • Establish a sense of urgency.

  • Listen and allow people to vent

  • Consider the positive opportunities presented by change

  • Create a guiding coalition

  • Include everyone in the new vision and strategy

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate

  • Put your own oxygen mask on first, before assisting others.

The academic pipeline
The Academic Pipeline

  • UC has the opportunity to change the demographics of the Ph.D. pipeline.

  • Prop 209 had a sizeable impact on hiring trends

  • UC is doing better than comparison institutions in percentage of URM faculty overall, but worse in percentage of African-American faculty.

  • Glaciers are melting faster than the UC is improving its overall faculty diversity.

Faculty searches
Faculty Searches

  • Selection decisions cannot be made based on race or gender as a criterion.

  • Selection decisions cannot be made based on marital or family status.

  • We may consider attributes and experiences that will contribute to our academic mission, including those that will contribute to increasing diversity.

Chair s can
Chair’s can…

  • Appoint a diverse search committee or one that is likely to find a diverse pool

  • Give the search committee a specific charge

  • Review job posting

  • Compare the applicant pool to the expected availability

  • Compare the “short list” to the applicant pool.

  • Ask the search committee to account for their selection process

  • Review search committee selection criteria

  • Review CVs of those not selected, as well as those selected

  • Ask that a search be expanded

  • Ask that additional candidates be brought to campus

  • Halt a search

Steps to eliminate personal bias
Steps to Eliminate Personal Bias

  • Identify the bias

  • Watch assumptions

  • Engage people

  • Practice empathy

  • Beware “good intentioned bias”

  • Acknowledge mistakes

  • Develop communication skills

  • Remember there are no 100% solutions

Actions for conflict resolution
Actions for Conflict Resolution

  • Separate the person from the problem

  • Control emotions/acknowledge feelings

  • Set limits in a healthy way

  • Take listening stance (clarify as you listen)

  • Identify needs and issues

  • State your needs/use “I” statements

  • Problem solve together

  • Go for the win/win

Implicit bias
Implicit Bias

  • Implicit associations can exist and affect behavior outside of awareness, even when we disapprove of a stereotype.

  • Stereotypes about competence

  • Double standards for competence

  • Prescriptive biases (e.g., penalties for women who behave in stereotypically male manner)

Reducing the influence of implicit bias
Reducing the Influence of Implicit Bias

Support from Leaders




Creating Effective Searches

Reducing bias in search process
Reducing Bias in Search Process

Defining the search

Creating the search committee

Allow sufficient time

Structuring group discussions

Critically analyze supporting materials

Chair s role in improving department climate
Chair’s Role in Improving Department Climate

  • Promote Basic Manners -- Respect, Consideration, Politeness

  • Build an Inclusive Community

  • Recognize and Value Everyone’s Work

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promote Professional Development

  • Encourage Balance Between Work & Family/Personal Responsibilities

  • Develop Sensitivity – Listen to & Respect Others

  • Respond to Illegal Behaviors and Complaints

  • Practice Equity

Advancing beyond tenure
Advancing Beyond Tenure

  • Career advisement and mentoring needed at all stages of a career

  • Faculty may become “stuck” at Associate Professor

  • Chairs can monitor equity issues for women and URM faculty

  • Step 6 is another hurdle to consider

  • Different patterns by field and campus

Chair actions to promote a family friendly climate
Chair Actions to Promote a Family Friendly Climate

  • Understand policies, i.e. eligibility,approval process, activation

  • Be sure assistant professors are aware of policies as part of annual advising

  • Discuss policies or schedule a presentation for faculty meeting

  • Request school or division dean to circulate statement to faculty and executive committee endorsing work-life balance

Policies not enough what have we learned
Policies Not Enough:What Have We Learned?

Career flexibility must be achieved through simultaneous changes in policy and culture

Career flexibility must be positioned as a means to an institutional end

Career flexibility must be embraced by the top, but driven by chairs, and pursued without fear by faculty

Career flexibility must be made available at all stages of career