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Faculty Search Coaches Training Program

Faculty Search Coaches are faculty and administrators who are well versed in the literature on bias in faculty hiring and the strategies for mitigating it, as well as in best practices for facilitating equity-based conversations. They serve as facilitators for Faculty Search Committee Workshops, sponsored by ADVANCE and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Who are Faculty Search Coaches?

Coaches have a proven track of engagement on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in their own unit and/or professional associations; openness to engaging with campus constituents; good communication skills; and the ability to problem-solve quickly. We anticipate that Equity Administrators, and other faculty or staff involved in campus DEI activities may be particularly well-suited for this role. In addition, we hope that faculty and administrators who serve as faculty search coaches may be well-suited for serving in campus leadership roles, including as Equity or Diversity officers, in the future.

What are the Expectations for Coaches?

Coaches are expected to:

  • Complete a train-the-trainer course facilitated by ADVANCE/ODI. The course examines bias awareness/reduction, evidence-based best practices for improving faculty hiring, and group facilitation skills. 
  • Facilitate (both online and in-person) campus workshops for faculty search committees. Workshops are typically facilitated in pairs and organized by the ADVANCE Program.

Coaches receive a small professional development stipend to recognized their service.

How do I apply to become a coach?

The applications form for the third cohort of coaches is open now through July 1. The next train-the-trainer course will be held in-person on Wednesday July 10 and Thursday July 11 from 10-2pm. Apply here.

Faculty and staff who have been trained as coaches previously can be found here.  

Questions? Please email Jasmine Stephens,

Current Faculty Search Coaches:

  • Tej Anand

    Clinical Professor, Practice, Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies

    Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand is a Clinical Professor of Practice and the Academic Director for the MS in Information Systems programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Tej is also a visiting lecturer at the School of Professional Studies, Columbia…

  • Lester Andrist

    Program Director, Master of Professional Studies, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dr. Lester Andrist is the director for the graduate degree programs in Public Safety Leadership and Administration, where his responsibilities include leading, coordinating, recruiting, and teaching, to name just a few. The courses Dr. Andrist teaches include Leadership in Diverse…

  • Nneka Chisholm-Edwards

    Coordinator for Staff Development; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, University LIbraries

    Nneka Chisholm is the UMD Libraries’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer and a doctoral student at UMBC in the Language, Literacy and Culture department. Ms. Chisholms’ research relates to the media's influence on the Black women’s sexual…

  • Crystal U Davis

    Associate Professor of Dance, Head of MFA in Dance Program, College of Arts and Humanities

    Crystal U. Davis is a dancer, movement analyst, and critical race theorist whose work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to the royal family of Jodhpur, India. Her research explores implicit bias in dance and how privilege manifests…

  • Traci Dula

    Associate Director, Honors College , Office of Undergraduate Studies

    Dr. Traci Dula is a two-time Terp alum and is the Associate Director for Academic Policy and Administration for the Honors College. Throughout her various roles in higher education, which spans both academic and student affairs arenas, she has been dedicated to matters of…

  • Alison Flatau

    Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering

    Alison Flatau received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and then taught Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University for eight years prior to serving as…

  • Cristina Goncalves

    Director of Finance, Equity Administrator, School of Public Policy

    Cristina Goncalves is the Director of Finance and Equity Administrator in the School of Public Policy.

  • Alana C. Hackshaw

    Associate Clinical Professor, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, School of Public Policy

    Dr. Hackshaw is an Associate Clinical Professor and serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the School of Public Policy. Her research interests include exploring the impact of racial equity plans on local governance and Black immigrant and Black American political incorporation…

  • Kim J. Nickerson

    Assistant Dean, Diversity Officer, Equity Administrator, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dr. Kim J. Nickerson plays a leadership role in maximizing the educational and career outcomes of students, faculty and staff in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as helping foster an environment that values diversity, equity,…

  • Trevor Parry-Giles

    Professor, Associate Dean, Equity Administrator, Arts and Humanities

    Dr. Parry-Giles’s research and teaching focus on the historical and contemporary relationships between rhetoric, politics, law, and popular culture. He is the award-winning author or editor of four books

  • Amanda Shaffer

    Diversity Officer, Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Amanda Shaffer currently serves as Diversity Officer for AGNR where she is responsible for managing, coordinating, and providing guidance in support of AGNR’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) programs in the college, MAES, and UME.…

  • Mary K. Taylor-Lewis

    Senior Faculty Specialist, Sr. Coordinator Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, College of Education

    Mary Taylor-Lewis (she/her) serves in a professional track faculty role for the College of Education as Senior Coordinator for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Diversity Officer. Mary has worked across the education sector in varying capacities focused on student development and…

  • Kerry W. Tripp

    Principal Lecturer, Family Science, School of Public Health

    Kerry Weil Tripp is a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and practiced law in San Francisco and Baltimore. Her research looks at family law and public health issues through a legal lens. She teaches graduate and undergraduate law classes, including a study abroad in Havana, Cuba, and an…