In the report of the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty, tasked to identify challenges and opportunities for addressing faculty diversity, equity and inclusion, the commission highlighted the need to promote conversations and community engagement among faculty, especially those from underrepresented groups.
In response to this recommendation, the Next Generation of Faculty’s Implementation Steering Committee proposed establishing faculty identity organizations, affinity groups of faculty interested in engagement, community-building and advocacy among individuals who share the same identity. Given the charge of the president’s commission, initial priority is being given to faculty identity organizations for underrepresented minority faculty.
After surveying the faculty for interest in April 2020, a huge response was received and several groups are forming, including:
- Faculty of the African Diaspora Association (FADA)
- LACCHI Faculty Affinity Group (Latina/o/x, Chicana/o/x, Caribbean, Hispanic and Indigenous)
- Asian/Asian American Faculty Identity Group (AAAFIG)
- PRISM (Pride, Inclusion, Respect, Support and Movement) - LGBTQ+
- GSUVETS (Georgia State University Veteran Employees Team Support)
Additionally, the following group was formed during the fall 2021 semester:
- GSU Chairs (university department chairs)
At their discretion, groups may choose to include to open membership to staff as well. Those groups include
If you are interested in participating in a group, fill out the form below. Points of contact for groups which have selected representatives are also available below. Groups which start web pages of their own will also be shared when they become available. The following groups' pages are now online:
If you have general questions about the groups/the Diverse Faculty Alliance, please click here to get in touch.
As of October 7, 2021
|Diverse Faculty Alliance|
|Faculty of the African Diaspora Association||Nikita Patterson, Assistant Professor
|Asian/Asian American Faculty Affinity Group||Yi Jiang, Professor
|LACCHI Faculty Affinity Group (Latina/o/x, Chicana/o/x, Caribbean, Hispanic and Indigenous)||María Elena Bermúdez, Principal Senior Lectureremail@example.com|
|PRISM (LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff)||David M. Paule, Instructorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|GSUVETS Faculty/Staff Affinity Group||Scott Crossley, Professoremail@example.com|
|GSU Chairs||Stephanie Y. Evans, Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Women’s Faculty Affinity Group||Laura Edmunds, Associate Professoremail@example.com|
With so many factors to consider in publishing your academic research – such as which research questions to ask, methodologies to use, how to get peer reviewed, what ethics standards to follow, and how to promote research – how can you “make your manuscript different, worthy, and merit publication?”
The hour-long webinar “Demystifying Academic Processes: From Publishing Your Research to Promoting it,” hosted by SAGE Publishing, Georgia State University, and GSU’s Diverse Faculty Alliance (DFA), answered three main questions: How can you get published in an academic journal (whether an early career researcher or veteran)? How can you promote your publications? And how should you think about measuring impact?