Faculty & Staff
Leadership & Policy
The Violence of Academia Helped Me See One Thing Clearly
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on life and death, for a few reasons. Around this time last year my mother almost died in a car accident. The year prior my dad nearly passed away, having to have back-to-back brain surgeries. In the past few years, multiple loved ones have died. Many of these lives I have yet to even grieve. Ironically, this time period was the peak of when I became most acquainted with academia’s violence.
July 20, 2021
Faculty & Staff
Questioning Our Questions About Faculty Diversity
I was recently contacted by a news outlet to share thoughts about the lack of faculty diversity within the UC (University of California) system. This is the kind of opportunity I especially welcome because it allows me to discuss both my scholarly expertise and insights through experiences. However, on this particular occasion my excitement was soon met with other sentiments.
April 20, 2021
Engaging Academia on My Own Terms
I associated my belonging and success in academia with persisting and succeeding in the “traditional pathway” of doctoral students. While no one specifically told me, “you need to get a tenure-track position at a research institution,” I was socialized to believe that was the only goal I should aspire to.
April 14, 2021
Black Representation in Academia and Corporate America Remains Inadequate in 2021
Equity, inclusion, and diversity should all be top priorities across different sectors and disciplines, not only because doing so would enhance society in general but also because it would improve the workplace in particular.
February 25, 2021
Am I Too Diverse for Academia?
When I turned 7 years old, my friends found it rather strange that my family cooked a pig underground for my backyard birthday party. In high school, my friends were shocked to learn that only one of my parents had a high school diploma. And, in college, I had to explain to friends that it was an endearing greeting when my relatives closely sniffed their cheeks.
October 22, 2020
Higher Education’s Obsession With Conferences Put to the Test
Last Spring, I was excited to attend the annual meeting for one of large professional organizations in my field. It was set to take place in a city I’d never visited, and I don’t have the time or resources as a graduate student to travel, so this was a great opportunity. My mentor and I were invited to present a paper at the conference which meant I had access to funding from my university to go. Having attended another large conference the previous fall, I had a pretty good idea about the expenses related. Thankfully, I didn’t need to get new formal wear, but I did have to figure out how to pay for everything else. Yes, I had a spreadsheet.
August 31, 2020
Reflections on “Failing” at the Academic Market
I knew that securing a tenure-track position was going to be unlikely. I already made up my mind that I would not entertain opportunities that were in places I could not see myself moving to. At that point in time, it was unlikely for more tenure lines to be posted, and I began to expand my search to positions that allowed me to put my research into practice.
May 26, 2020
With the Fire on High: The Writing Process in COVID-19
For me to be productive as a woman of color in academia, my writing needs to be driven by a connection to what is real, lived, and urgent. COVID-19 is not normal, and I argue should not be considered the “new” norm. Academia was already difficult and combined with COVID-19 will have lasting effects on the “productivity” of women of color for years to come.
May 2, 2020
Academia in 20/20 Vision
How we hold ourselves in academia contributes to our own character development as scholar-practitioners and the legacy we wish to leave. As we progress in our careers we will work with students in many capacities and hopefully cultivate their aspirations and goals so that they too develop in character.
January 27, 2020
Guardian Ninjas of Integrity (And How We Got There)
We teach at Western Governors University (WGU) which has over 110,000 students from every state in the country. Recently, we were part of a student conduct board hearing with a student who allegedly plagiarized four papers. Ava (we’ll call her to protect her identity), was an English Language Learner who was born outside of the U.S.
January 9, 2020
Michigan Jury Sides With UM Over Professors of Color
Is it a level playing field for professors of color in academia? Here’s a story that broke before Christmas that will make you question what it takes to prove discrimination.
December 30, 2019
Faculty & Staff
Diversifying the Academy the Right Way
NYU Steinhardt’s Faculty First-Look Program is a program that brings together graduate students from across the nation to learn from faculty, post-docs, and administrators at NYU about how to secure a tenure-track position and set yourself up for success once you begin your career as a professor. From the moment I received notification of acceptance, I felt welcomed and wanted.
October 22, 2019
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