Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity | April 2023

ThurtenE Carnival, April 14–16

Dear Colleagues,


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful and busy time of the year. In February, we hosted a presentation by Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara as part of Here and Next focused on equity-minded reform of faculty evaluation. Dr. O’Meara’s presentation provided valuable tips on ways to improve and strengthen faculty evaluation and review processes. The video and slides from this presentation are available here along with a video of the March 8 Gender Equity Town Hall held to commemorate International Women’s Day.

As we prepare for the end of the semester, a number of important events are taking place on the Danforth Campus and at the University. Faculty Affairs and Diversity will hold a special faculty search workshop and two Lunch and Learns focused on faculty recruitment and searches. More details and registration information are available below and here. At the end of this month, the university-wide Day of Dialogue and Action will offer an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to learn about and engage critical issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion on our campus and beyond.  

Last, but not least, I hope you will take some time to experience the ThurtenE Carnival on the Danforth Campus, which will be open to WashU and the broader community from April 14–16. It’s exciting to see the nation’s largest and oldest student-run carnival return to WashU!

Warm regards,

—Kia Caldwell, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity

Faculty Development Fellow Opening

The Office of the Provost is hiring a Faculty Development Fellow to develop and implement mentoring programs for tenure-track and tenured faculty. This assignment will begin on July 1, 2023 and go through June 2024, with the possibility of being extended for another year. More information and the application are available here. The application deadline is April 17, 2023.

The Writing Retreat is Back by Popular Demand

The Office of the Provost will host a three-day writing retreat at Innsbrook Resort for Danforth assistant and associate professors, August 14-16. All those interested can complete the application here by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, to be considered. Faculty will be notified of acceptance by the end of May. Priority registration will be given to faculty who did not attend last year’s writing retreat.

Early-Career and Mid-Career Faculty Development Programs

Applications are open for the Early-Career and Mid-Career Faculty Development Programs. These cohort-based mentoring programs will take place from September 2023 to May 2024. The mid-career program is open to tenured and teaching, research, and practice faculty. You can apply online here. The application deadline is May 17, 2023.

The Office of the Provost is Pleased to Welcome Two New Faculty Fellows

Lorien Carter, Brown School

Inclusive Pedagogies Fellow

Jenine Harris, Brown School

Equitable Learning Fellow

Featured Events

Bringing Equity Into Assessment

Dr. Rick Moore, facilitator

April 5 (12–12:50 p.m.)

Discuss principles of equitable assessments and consider how we might implement these in our courses. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to revise existing assessments and create new ones with an eye towards promoting equity in their courses. Lunch will be provided. Open to any faculty or staff in teaching related roles.

registration required

Faculty Recruitment & Search Workshops

April 11, April 18, May 4

  • Evidence-Based Practices for a Successful Search (virtual)
  • Writing an Inviting Faculty Job Posting (lunch & learn)
  • Do’s & Don’ts: Faculty Interviews & Interactions (lunch & learn)

register here

Igniting Imagination & Creative Collaboration

April 27 (4–5:30 p.m.)

WashU faculty will gather to meet new colleagues, spark new and creative conversations, and consider new ways of collaborating through interdisciplinary research. Sponsored by Here and Next and hosted by Arts & Sciences and The Brown School Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures.

more information

Day of Dialogue and Action

April 27

Save the date of April 27 for the upcoming 2023 Day of Dialogue and Action (DoDA)! The event will feature in-person experiences from keynote speakers, panel discussions and more. The event will take place in Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium. Overflow seating will take place in Frick Forum and a YouTube live stream will be available that day for virtual attendees.

more information

Get Ready for a Productive Writing Summer

Virtual NCFDD Orientation Panel

May 2 (3 p.m.)

register here

Expand Your EDI Skills with the Commit Series

Actively work towards making WashU an equitable and inclusive place by enrolling in the Commit Series. Participants embark on their EDI journey with the seven-class series, deepening understanding and developing skills. Start with Community Commitments and continue at your own pace with in person and virtual offerings. Register now


  • Task Force: Provost Beverly Wendland has convened a special task force to examine climate and culture on the Danforth campus in relation to interactions between Danforth Campus faculty mentors and their mentees, particularly graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as to make recommendations for improvements in this area. The Task Force invites you to share feedback and suggestions through this anonymous form.

  • WashU Mentoring Resources: At WashU we are strengthening our commitment to mentorship and are excited to launch to centralize mentorship resources. Effective and culturally competent mentoring is critical to the success and thriving of students, trainees, postdocs, and faculty. Our new web page offers tools to help our community members as we support the next generation of scholars, researchers, and faculty.

  • Faculty Recruitment Liaisons: Would you like to help recruit faculty of diverse identities and backgrounds to WashU? Do you enjoy living in St. Louis and want to help faculty considering WashU learn more about the area? If so, sign up to be a Faculty Recruitment Liaison and meet with prospective new faculty here

  • Free NCFDD Free Membership Includes Spring Workshops, "Professor-ing!" Podcast, and Virtual Writing Retreats: Claim your free membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Learn more about this free membership, available to all WashU faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and trainees.  Plus, the NCFDD spring programming is underway and visible upon joining NCFDD. Join the "14-Day Writing Challenge" (April 24–May 7). In April you can also sign up for workshops: “Mastering Academic Time Management” (April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. CDT) or “What I Wished I Would Have Known After Earning Tenure” (April 25, 1-2 p.m. CDT) …And be sure to listen to NCFDD's new podcast, "Professor-ing!" Co-hosts Badia Ahad-Legardy, PhD, and Anthony Ocampo, PhD, share the R&R (the real and real-er about life in academia.) Join NCFDD and register today.


  • Association for Women Faculty Monthly Happy Hours: Join the AWF at the Clayton Winehouse (7911 Clayton Road) on April 7 (3:30 p.m.). Learn more about the Association for Women Faculty here.

  • David Adjaye's Program At Asaase III: On April 15 at 12 p.m., David Adjaye, lead architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will lead a walk around and preview into the realization of Asaase III, the artist’s first permanent public artwork that is being realized on site at the Griot Museum in St. Louis through an innovative rammed earth technique in view of the community throughout the run of Counterpublic. more information

  • Center for Teaching and Learning: Learn what’s happening at the Center for Teaching and Learning and how you can take part. more information
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