Expanding and Welcoming a Diverse Professoriate

All events will take place in Moyer Hall, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.

  FRIDAY      November 9, 2018

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Buffet Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.



Inclusive Excellence and our Liberal Arts Mission

Keynote speaker 
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III
President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), leads a campus widely recognized for its culture of embracing academic innovation and inclusive excellence. This culture has produced a number of distinctive initiatives to support and enhance teaching and learning – from infusing entrepreneurship and civic engagement into the curriculum to establishing an academic innovation fund to support faculty as they redesign courses and develop new approaches to help students succeed. Dr. Hrabowski will discuss some of these innovative initiatives, focusing special attention on the critical importance of the liberal arts in preparing students to be responsible citizens.


SATURDAY     November 10, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.



Who is at the Table: Developing a Menu of Best Practices for Hiring

Dr. Kathy Harring, Provost, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Beau Breslin, former Provost, Skidmore College
Dr. Pat Romney, Consultant, Romney Associates
Dr. Linda Marchesani, Consultant, LSM Consulting

The panel will present a capacity building orientation to diversifying the faculty and will highlight ways to disrupt the narratives of resistance and the cultural practices that impede the hiring of diverse faculty. The presentation will feature a "Just in Time" approach to engaging faculty in implementing innovative and effective strategies for recruiting a diverse faculty. It will also address the role of academic leadership in the success of the faculty diversity initiatives. Presenters will share successful practices from other institutions, outline strategies to retain a diverse and inclusive community, and address the disruptive and unifying consequences of achieving a diverse professoriate.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Table Discussions

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 – 12:00 a.m.



Developing a Culture to Support Wellbeing and Success

Dr. Kiernan Mathews, Executive Director and Principal Investigator, The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Now in its thirteenth year, the COACHE research-practice partnership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) connects data on the faculty condition to research on the professoriate and the practice of academic leaders. In this session, Dr. Mathews, Executive Director and P.I. of COACHE, will share headlines from quantitative and qualitative studies emerging from COACHE and from colleges developing cultures supportive of diverse faculties. After spotlighting the work of several scholars of the academic workforce, Dr. Mathews will introduce a novel, “deliberately developmental” concept of organizational culture with promising applications for deans and provosts to create the conditions in which all faculty succeed. 

12:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch & Table Discussions

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:45 p.m.



Institutional Change and Commitment


Dr. John Bravman, President, Bucknell University
Dr. Sarah Bolton, President, The College of Wooster
Dr. Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College

Institutional commitment to developing and implementing new practices are key in the success of achieving a diverse professoriate.  The panel will discuss the type of change required at the institutional level, the charge it places on all stakeholders and effective ways colleges and universities can communicate this commitment across the institution.  Presenters will share what their roles have been in driving this change at their institutions and the barriers they have encountered. 

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Table Discussions

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.



Mr. John I. Williams Jr., J.D., M.B.A.
President, Muhlenberg College

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