Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity | UPDATED November 2022

Native American Heritage Month

Dear Colleagues,


This month’s newsletter is full of wonderful new opportunities for Danforth faculty. I will highlight a few here, but please read the full newsletter to learn more about resources and support available to our faculty.

The Office of the Provost is seeking an Equitable Learning Fellow and an Inclusive Pedagogies Fellow to help enhance pedagogy, learning, and curriculum across Danforth Campus schools. We are also accepting applications for the new Faculty Transformational Leadership Institute that will take place this coming spring. The application deadline for these opportunities is November 15, 2022.

The William H. Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award application deadline has been extended to November 30, 2022. This new award focuses on interdisciplinary faculty research collaborations. Applications are now open to faculty on all tracks who conduct interdisciplinary, community-based research. Please see details below.

Please also remember to visit our Faculty Affairs and Diversity website for information on everything from faculty searches to funding opportunities. I hope you will use it as a resource and bookmark it on your computers.


If you have ideas for new ways Faculty Affairs and Diversity can support faculty, please contact us. We value your input! 

Warm regards,

-Kia Caldwell, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity

Faculty Transformational Leadership Institute (Deadline Extended)

The Office of the Provost is excited to offer a new leadership program for faculty, led by Dr. Amy Eyler and Vice Provost Kia Caldwell. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Faculty Service Equity Task Force Report

A report detailing an overview of activities and recommendations was created by the Faculty Service Equity Task Force, convened by Provost Beverly Wendland in the Fall of 2021. The “Memo on Equitable Service” found in the 2021 Final Reports of the Danforth Standing Committee on Work/Life Balance called for the creation of a committee to assess faculty service equity on the Danforth campus. During Spring 2022, the task force examined practices and policies that shape faculty service and workload for Danforth Campus schools. Its activities and data collection explored the experiences of Danforth faculty on all tracks and at all ranks, in order to determine possible strategies to improve service and workload equity, particularly for women faculty, underrepresented faculty of color, and teaching, research, and practice faculty. You can read the report here.

Confluence Award Open to Current WashU Faculty, Across All Tracks

The William H. Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award (STLCA) is designed to elevate WashU’s investment in the St. Louis Region by encouraging and rewarding faculty research that enhances our impact in St. Louis. The STLCA will honor and recognize faculty members for ongoing and completed research that focuses on interdisciplinary community-based research that exemplifies impact, innovation, and deep engagement with the region. A $50,000 cash prize will be given in recognition of faculty research initiatives. The awardee will have the opportunity to present their research and celebrate with their colleagues and the community during a special award ceremony. The application deadline has been extended to November 30, 2022. 

Stop by the upcoming informational open house to learn more about the application and the award. Tuesday, November 8 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), at the John M. Olin Library, Room 142.

Faculty Fellow Positions

The Office of the Provost has two new Faculty Fellow positions focused on equitable learning and inclusive pedagogies.  Application deadline has been extended to November 15.

Equitable Learning Fellow
Inclusive Pedagogies Fellow

Resource Guide Developed by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Medicine.

We are all devastated by last month's horrific gun violence that took place in a St. Louis school. We must take care of ourselves and reach out to those around us. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Medicine has compiled a list of resources to support a deeper understanding on this subject.

Funding and Professional Development Opportunities

  • Faculty Recruitment LiaisonsWould 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
  • Foundations of an Inclusive & Equitable WashU: The Academy for Diversity and Inclusion invites you to explore the alignment of the University's mission, goals, and intentions within equity, diversity, and inclusion work. Begin to identify and apply how your role at the University is an inextricable contribution to the pursuit of equity. November 8 virtual (2-3:30 p.m.) and December 8 in person (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
  • Foundations of an Equity Lens: The Academy for Diversity and Inclusion invites you to discuss and develop a working understanding of "equity," the idea of an "equity lens," and why and how it intersects with the University mission and your daily work. November 15 virtual (12:30-2 p.m.) and December 19 in person (10-11:30 a.m.). 
  • NCFDD Spring Programming and Free NCFDD Membership: The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) fall programming calendar is live and visible upon joining NCFDD. Be sure to register for "How to Manage Stress: Rejection and the Haters in Your Midst," November 10, and "Indigenous Time Management," November 29. Plus, claim your free membership to NCFDD. Learn more about this free membership, available to all WashU faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and trainees.

Additional Events

  • AWF's Happy Hour: Join the Association for Women Faculty at the Clayton Winehouse (7911 Clayton Road) on November 4, 2022 (3:30-5 p.m.) and December 2 (3:30-5 p.m.). All genders welcome. To learn more about the Association for Women Faculty, visit their website.
  • The Divided City Film Series: The Divided City spotlight film lineup focuses on the racial divide in St. Louis and other U.S. cities, and offers an international perspective by highlighting racial and ethnic divides in cities elsewhere. The series is supported by The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation. All screenings in the lineup are free except “Night Life.” November 4-12. more information
  • Digital Transformation Coffee Hour: Curious about WashU's new Digital Transformation initiative? Have ideas? Want to get involved? Every Thursday, you can join Dr. Philip R.O. Payne, Digital Transformation lead, and the Digital Transformation implementation team for some coffee while talking all things digital transformation! November 10 (9:30-10:30 a.m.) at Louderman Hall. more information
  • The Politics of Reproduction: “Disability and Reproductive Justice” - Disability justice activists have long been concerned with ableist approaches to pregnancy and abortion. Disabled people also face many barriers to reproductive health care and have a heightened risk of sexual assault and pregnancies they did not choose. How does a disability studies lens reshape some of the conversations about reproductive justice?  Join this virtual presentation, November 14 (4-5:20 p.m.) via zoom. More information

  • Pivot 314 Fellowship for Doctoral Students: This year-long fellowship offers graduate students curated programming focused on professional development, strengthening leadership and communications skills, as well as internship opportunities. It provides an opportunity for mid-career doctoral students to engage with the St. Louis entrepreneurial community and to explore possible career pathways. The program runs for one calendar year beginning in January. Please share with your students! more information
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