Tina Escaja Department of Romance Languages Faculty

Henderson Fellowship Program

The George Washington Henderson Fellowship Program was established to honor the memory of George Washington Henderson, one of the first African American students elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to graduate from the University of Vermont (class of 1877). In cooperation with academic departments, the program sponsors pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars who help to advance UVM’s research and teaching goals and assist in reaching identified diversity goals, especially with respect to the academic curriculum. The Provost’s Office is also partnering with OVPR and VPDEI to develop a Henderson Fellows’ “track II” program to support target-of-opportunity diverse hires.

APLU IChange Initiative

APLU IChange initiative is designed to develop a more inclusive and diverse STEM faculty. An initial cohort of 18 faculty members completed a six-week training course (Cornell MOOC) on creating and sustaining inclusive, student-centered learning environments.

Provost’s Diversity Fellows

We have formed our second cohort of Diversity Fellows. This program combines monthly meetings throughout the academic year with a two-day institute devoted to curricular design, facilitating dialogue in the classroom, and the campus climate on diversity and inclusion issues. The program goals are to discuss and enhance the understanding of diversity and inclusion concepts amongst faculty and the university community. The Provost’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity has responsibility for promoting diversity and inclusion campus-wide, and assumes a leadership role in advancing specific diversity and inclusion initiatives that directly support our academic and student success priorities.

McKnight Fellows Program (Florida Education Fund)

The McKnight Fellows Program is designed to enhance the pool of qualified applicants for faculty positions. The Provost’s Office sponsors diverse faculty to attend the program to meet prospective diverse candidates for future faculty positions.

Recruitment Guidelines for Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty

The Provost’s Office has made significant changes in recruitment guidelines (pdf) to include new language in position advertisements and appointment letters. There is now a requirement for all applicants to submit a separate statement of how they will advance diversity and inclusive excellence. The search committee is required to evaluate and weight the statement along with other information during the first round of review.

Exploring Faculty Careers at UVM

This is a faculty recruitment initiative designed to bring promising future faculty prospects to UVM for a mock interview and orientation visit.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University of Vermont is an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which means UVM faculty can access the center’s services without paying a fee. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. The center provides a range virtual programs and resources including:

  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, and moderated writing challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

Annual Review Guidelines and Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

The Provost’s Office is creating ongoing systemic changes in practices and procedures to foster an institutional culture that values diversity and inclusion and raises expectations for accountability. Among these are the revision of faculty annual evaluation guidelines and promotion and tenure guidelines to include criteria for appraisal of contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion; and revision of the language to all university awards for faculty to include commitment to diversity and inclusion as selection criteria.

Academic Success Goals

Included in the Academic Success Goals (pdf) (ASG) established by the Provost’s Office is an ASG to increase the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and thought. This includes increasing our diverse staff (14%) and our diverse faculty (11.9%) to the New England average of 25.5% in five years.