APL nextED Mini-Pod
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This week on the APL nextED Mini-Pod we continue our conversation with Georgia State University Associate Provost Nicolle Parsons-Pollard as she shares ways the University is utilizing data to shape diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Data drives many of the policy decisions made throughout institutions. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies are no exception. Georgia State University, a well-known research institution, recently received Insight Into Diversity’s 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The university is implementing an ambitious plan to make further progress in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), following recommendations by its Task Force for Racial Equality last summer, and the implementation steering committee of the Next Generation of Faculty initiative. The University has developed a robust action plan to support DEI which includes developing inclusive hiring, promotion and retention practices, including the creation of a comprehensive mentorship program for faculty.
Dr. Parsons-Pollard joins host Kathleen Gibson this week in part two of their discussion on DEI initiatives and the ways Georgia State is putting data into action.
Nicolle Parsons-Pollard was appointed as the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs on July 1, 2020. Dr. Parsons-Pollard will be responsible for creating, implementing, and championing a variety of faculty development programs to support and strengthen faculty in teaching and research, as well as leadership programming for department chairs and other administrators. Also, she will develop and implement faculty policies and procedures, manage university awards and recognition events for faculty, and assist with the promotion and tenure process.
In her previous role as Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Monmouth University (New Jersey), she provided leadership to ensure the integrity and quality of academic programs with an emphasis on student success. She also oversaw the university’s promotion, tenure, and continuance process as well as developing university-wide initiatives to attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse faculty.
Additional resources mentioned in today’s episode
Disproportionate Minority Contact by Nicolle Parsons-Pollard
IHED Burnout Report
Equity-Minded Faculty Workload, What We Can and Should Do Now by the American Council on Education (ACE)
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Georgia State University’s Action Plan for Racial Equity & Equality