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Provost’s Conference Series 2022

Continuing the Conversation & Moving Into Action: Advancing Equity in Faculty Workload and Rewards and Living Into R1 Our Way

Provost’s Conference Series 2022 calendar

Teaching Excellence

Workload Equity

Focus on Teaching and Professional Faculty

R1 Our Way

Provost’s Conference Series 2022 calendar

Teaching Excellence

Workload Equity

Focus on Teaching and Professional Faculty

R1 Our Way

Theme Date & Time Title Guest Speaker

April 1


Hy-flex. In-Person location: SIE Complex – Room 5025 – Maglione Hall.   

Advancing Equity in Teaching Excellence: A Celebration and Launch of Departmental Action Teams.    


Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews + CU DATs, CU Boulder
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Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Andrews will speak on how expanding the voices and types of evidence considering in understanding and evaluating teaching quality has implications for equity, and on some of the biases inherent in standard measures. This session also formally launches the Department Action Teams (DATs), a cohort of three faculty-led groups considering current practice and determining ways to ensure three voices (self, student, peer) are reflected in teaching evaluation for annual and consequential reviews.   

This public kickoff event is envisioned as an opportunity to garner interest, raise awareness, foster engagement, and encourage future participants in advancing quality teaching evaluation at the University of Denver. It will celebrate & acknowledge DU as a leader, situated within a growing national dialogue, and connect, build on & advance work already started at the University of Colorado Boulder. The first half of this 2 hour event will include a welcome by Provost Mary Clark and feature a presentation and Q&A with Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews, leads of the Teaching Quality Framework Initiative (TQF) at CU.  

 The second hour will feature a panel and moderated Q&A with CU TQF Departmental Action Team leaders who will share their own perspectives and experiences on transforming teaching evaluation in their units. More information on the teaching excellence efforts at DU. 


April 14


Hy-flex. In-Person location: Sie Complex – Room 5025 – Maglione Hall. 

Making the Invisible Visible and Valued: Understanding the Intersections of Faculty Workload Equity and DEI Kim Case, Virginia Commonwealth University
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When we consider the work of a singular faculty member, traditional notions of individualism and metrics for excellence tend to dominate our perspectives. Within these default, normative modes, much of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) labor contributed by marginalized and underrepresented faculty is rendered invisible, devalued, and sometimes hypervisible. While individual-level analysis may focus on deficits to be corrected by the faculty member, critical analysis of systemic oppression unveils the complex institutional structures and cultures that serve as the foundations of workload inequities. By applying an intersectional systems analysis to faculty workload concerns, faculty efforts to promote DEIJ can be made visible. This session will provide examples of invisible DEIJ labor as well as actions to support recognition and rewards.

April 15
Recognizing and Rewarding Inclusive Teaching in the Evaluation Process Kim Case, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Quality teaching, especially inclusive teaching, requires us to question our core beliefs about education and learning. In other words, equitable and inclusive teaching practices challenge traditional assumptions about the classroom, the role of the professor, and student roles. Evaluation of inclusive teaching is no different in that we must question our core beliefs and values of what makes a great teacher. Honest critique of potential weaknesses in our current processes will facilitate our ability to “count what matters–not simply what is easier to count” (https://duvpfa.du.edu/advancing-equity/). By building from strengths and aligning with institutional values and commitments, evaluation of teaching will more effectively recognize and reward inclusive pedagogies.

Week of April 18-22  Supporting Faculty Research: R1 Our Way Dr. Corinne S. Lengsfeld (University of Denver) and ORSP
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Monday, 04/18
2:00 – 3:00 Community Commons 1600 Keynote – Journey to R1, Now What? Register Here 
3:00 – 4:00 Common Commons 1600 PIF Intro 101 Register Here 
Previously Recorded Webinar Previously Recorded Webinar Grants 101 Watch here 
Tuesday, 04/19
9:00 – 10:00 Online Early Career Awards Learning Register Here 
10:30 – 11:30 Online Publisher Insights into Open Access Publishing Register Here 
1:00 – 2:00 Online Struggles of Mentoring Register Here 
Wednesday, 04/20
12:00 – 1:00 Online Internal Awards Secrets to Success Register Here
2:00 – 3:00 Community Commons 1600
Contracts & Grants Register Here 
4:00 – 6:00 Community Commons 4th Floor
R1 Celebration Register Here

May 2

Hyflex/Community Commons 1600 

Understanding and Acting to Advance Workload Equity KerryAnn O’Meara (University of Maryland-College Park)
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The unequal distribution and recognition of faculty teaching and service work frustrates many. In this talk, KerryAnn O’Meara, P.I. of the NSF, Faculty Workload and Rewards Project shares what she learned with colleagues during a five-year, action research project aimed at promoting equity in how faculty labor is taken up, assigned, and rewarded. She considers how workload inequities emerge in “discretionary spaces,” and the evidence-based policies and practices departments have used to identify inequalities, assess faculty and university needs, and re-design workload with equity in mind.

May 13

Community Commons 1600

“Next Steps in Institutionalizing A Culture of Respect for Teaching & Professional Faculty: An Interactive Conversation and Luncheon” Dr. Laura Sponsler (University of Denver) and VPFA
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A conversation sharing the work that led to DU winning the 2021 Delphi Award for our collective work to better support Teaching and Professional Faculty, and then small-group conversations and brainstorming sessions around next steps, using the TPF scorecard and other instruments. Participants will be leave with an action plan for engaging, depending on their role, with ongoing TPF support. 


May 17

Hy-flex. In-Person location: Sie Complex – Room 5025 – Maglione Hall. 

Advancing Teaching Evaluation: An University Wide Effort Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews, CU Boulder


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The Provost’s Conference Series welcomes back Drs. Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews as we continue our campus-wide initiative to re-imagine our teaching evaluation processes. As the Teaching Excellence Task Force considers policy change through shared governance, and the Departmental Action Teams interrogate department-level practices, all DU faculty and faculty administrators are stakeholders in this change initiative. This session is designed to engage DU stakeholders in the work of transforming teaching evaluation at departmental and campus levels.  The keynote address will help familiarize participants with the overall framing and process, define three voices of evaluationand map those three voices to a teaching evaluation framework.  

A 1-hour workshop will follow to allow DATs and DAT facilitators to dive more deeply into the framework (contextualize to their units) and the three voices (consider specific tools and associated processes that make sense for their unit). This working session will be facilitated by Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews, leads of the Teaching Quality Framework Initiative (TQF) at The University of Colorado Boulder. More information on the teaching excellence efforts at DU 

May 27 

Tools for Advancing Workload Equity: Creating Faculty Work Activity Dashboards *Postponed due to speaker conflict* Joya Misra (University of Massachusetts-Amherst).
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Workload equity requires both recognizing service work, and considering how it is distributed across faculty, with attention to gender, race, rank and series. Creating dashboards allows you to start conversations about workload in your unit, department, or program, and identify any inequities in workload. Dr. Misra will share insights from an NSF-funded study that helped improve workload equity at multiple campuses.

June 6

Zoom Webinar

Webinar for Faculty: Representing your DEI work for tenure and promotion Dr. Kim Case (Virginia Commonwealth University)
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Many faculty engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts seek ways to specifically highlight this work within their promotion dossiers. Explicitly translating the impact of their DEIJ labor for both internal and external reviewers will bring much of their invisible labor into awareness during the evaluation process. In preparation for curating promotion materials, this session will provide faculty ideas for effectively tracking and collecting evidence across scholarship, teaching, and service. We will also consider specific examples of evidence to make DEIJ labor more visible within the promotion dossier.