APL nextED Mini-Pod
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This week on the APL nextED Mini-Pod, we are joined by Georgia State Associate Provost Nicolle Parsons-Pollard to talk about the current atmosphere of diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education and how COVID-19 impacted DEI initiatives.
COVID-19 flipped a switch within higher education causing many campuses to become vacant and requiring students, staff and faculty to become proficient in Zoom and other forms of virtual communication. It is easy to highlight the frustrations that came out of COVID-19 and the ensuing pandemic. When looking at diversity, equity and inclusion though, Dr. Parsons-Pollard believes that this flip actually opened a door for increased awareness around DEI initiatives.
This week, Dr. Parsons-Pollard joins host Kathleen Gibson to highlight the changes and challenges she has witnessed pertaining to DEI initiatives since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in part one of this special two-part episode.
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.
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