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Outside Committee Member Training

Research shows that one strategy for diversifying job applicant pools is having a diverse search committee. Diversity markers are not limited to race, gender and ethnicity; they are inclusive of research orientation, educational background and one’s class identification. Committees composed of members who share similar identity markers tend reproduce themselves during the hiring process. Each year, the Eberly College will put out a call for faculty to become Eberly College certified outside committee members.

The Eberly College is committed to a rigorous, unbiased and equitable search process. This program will support Eberly College academic departments and programs by providing units with the opportunity to have a trusted colleague trained in how to apply best practices to academic searches. Each January, the College will share a call for Eberly College Outside Committee Members via the faculty email listserv. Those selected will receive intensive training in inclusive excellence, high impact practices for search committees and tips on tracking exceptional graduate students and new faculty.

Chairs and Directors Leadership Academy

The Chairs and Directors Leadership Academy is designed to strengthen participants’ leadership skills, enhance participants’ awareness of their personal leadership style, provide information about current trends in higher education at the state and local level and offer tools to increase effective communication and collaboration with senior administration, faculty, staff and students.

Save the date for 2020 Summer Academy: Monday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 19.

Chairs and Directors Reading Group

Each semester, Eberly College chairs and directors are invited to discuss a book related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The reading group meets once a month and books (print or digital) are provided by the Dean’s Office (free of charge). Spring 2020 book selection: On Being Included by Sara Ahmed (Duke University Press, 2012)

Graduate Student Social Justice Research Fellowship

This highly selective program is limited to 10 current Eberly College Masters or Ph.D. graduate students. This new initiative is designed to:  
  • Enhance the overall graduate student experience by creating an interdisciplinary, dynamic community where ideas are shared 
  • Facilitate networking and collaborations between graduate students, faculty and university leadership  
  • Share knowledge and understanding of the multiple ways that social justice informs teaching, research and service  
  • Provide feedback on research and professional development skills  
  • Interact with the greater University community to develop an understanding of higher education’s infrastructure  Connect the Eberly College’s graduate research to community and civic engagement in a way that serves the people of West Virginia

Participants in the program benefit from: 

  • Constructive research feedback 
  • Mentorship 
  • Discussions and engagement with campus leaders 
  • Professional training and guidance
  • Job search skills, including interview preparation
  • Engaging readings related to the university experience
  • Connections to community organizations around the state 

Meet the 2019-2020 cohort.