Spring Speaker Series

As we prepare to return to a new normal in the fall, the Spring Provost Conference Virtual Luncheon Series invites national experts to campus to think with us about how we as a university want to imagine and enact the post-pandemic university. This series offers time and space for us to think through pressing problems in higher education–faculty workload equity, faculty COVID-19 accommodations, and pandemic impact statements, and evaluating teaching excellence. These issues predate the pandemic and are also exacerbated and changed by the pandemic. In concert with national thought leaders and existing university task forces, committees, and academic leaders, we will consider how DU faculty and staff design intentionally for equity in our practices, processes, and policies. How can we take this opportunity to capture the best from the past, the lessons from the pandemic, and visions to plan for a sustainable and hopefully improved post-pandemic university? We hope you will join us in these conversations.


spring Mary Reed

Provost’s Luncheon Panel

Evaluating the Impacts of COVID-19 on Faculty Careers

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    May 3rd, 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This session identifies how faculty work has changed as a result of the pandemic and makes recommendations for how universities can most actively support faculty members, given the differential impacts of the pandemic on faculty careers. The talk will cover how faculty equity and inclusion requires strategic approaches, including compassion, direct support, pandemic impact statements, and clear instructions to internal and external evaluators.

Featured Speakers

Joya Misra

Joya Misra is a professor of sociology and public policy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, and immediate past-Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

Dessie Clark

Dessie Clark holds a Ph.D. in community sustainability and is the research collaboration coordinator for the University of Massachusetts ADVANCE program. 

Ethel Mickey

Ethel L. Mickey is a sociologist and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts ADVANCE program.

As part of their ADVANCE team...

Misra, Clark and Mickey have developed a model for administrators, to keep the pandemic from sidelining faculty equity by race, gender, and caregiving status, while also working with faculty members to document the effects of the pandemic on their work for both the short-term and long-term.

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