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March 30: Reimagining Faculty Hiring Workshop

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Leslie D. Gonzales

Many colleges, units, and departments have incorporated new strategies into their faculty recruitment and selection processes to make them more fair and equitable, including diversity statements, bias trainings, and embedding diversity-related criteria into the desired qualifications. This half day workshop will bring together expert researchers and academic leaders to discuss how search committees can use strategies effectively and the ongoing barriers to reimaging faculty hiring with equity in mind. This event is co-sponsored by the ADVANCE Program, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Workshop Schedule

9:30 - 10:15 am ---- Keynote & Discussion with Dr. Leslie Gonzales, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

10:30 - 12:00 pm ---- Discussion with campus leaders on hiring practices

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Event Details:
Date: March 30
Time:  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Marie Mount 0100 (the Maryland Room)
Breakfast will be provided

Guest Speaker Bioļ¼š

Leslie D. Gonzales is an associate professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning unit at Michigan State University in the College of Education. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Gender in a Global Context and Chicano/Latinx studies. As a working class, Latina, and first-generation-college-student-turned academic who earned all three of her academic degrees from Hispanic Serving Institutions, Gonzales understands how relations of power, privilege, and prestige operate in ways that can be detrimental to people that have been historically underrepresented in the academic profession. With the realization that the effects are both individual and collective, Gonzales' research aims to expose these relations of power in hopes of shaping departmental, disciplinary, and organizational cultures that are more just and inclusive of historically minoritized persons. In practice, Gonzales often examines how academics appraise one another in peer review contexts, such as hiring, tenure, and publishing. Gonzales pays particularly close attention to how such appraisals are detrimental to historically underrepresented scholars, to scholars whose work challenges conventional norms of knowledge production, and to scholars situated in historically marginalized disciplinary and organizational spaces within the academy. Gonzales is currently the co-PI on Aspire, a multi-million dollar project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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