Mentoring Programs for Early Career Tenure-Track Faculty and Mid-Career Faculty
The Office of the Provost is sponsoring two new mentoring programs for early career tenure-track faculty and mid-career faculty (tenure-track and TRaP). These programs will begin in September 2022.
Our mission is to build an inclusive, dynamic campus community that inspires innovation, leadership and academic excellence through equity and social justice.
The Provost’s Faculty Affairs and Diversity Team focuses primarily on faculty diversity and development, consulting and collaborating with Washington University’s schools on their diversity and inclusion goals. We also work closely with other stakeholders at the university, including The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We also partner closely with the university’s faculty advocacy groups, especially the Association of Women Faculty. Please review our Annual Report 2018-2019; slides from our Annual Town Hall on Danforth Campus Faculty Gender Equity; and the 2017 Commission on Diversity and Inclusion final report, which guides our work. Our ongoing signature office initiatives and programs include:
Faculty Recruitment & Development
Our Team works closely with the Deans of the six Danforth Campus Schools, and the department chairs and hiring chairs, to recruit, retain and develop a faculty that is both excellent and diverse. We offer annual search workshops for hiring chairs and and committee members, as well as real time recruitment support. We work closely with all of our faculty to ensure they have the academic and professional support they need to be world-renowned researchers, scholars and teachers.
National Center for Faculty for Development & Diversity (NCFDD)
On July 1st, 2020, Washington University became an Institutional Member of NCFDD, an independent organization that is nationally recognized for its provision of online research productivity, academic mentoring, and career development resources. Through our Institutional Membership, all Washington University faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and trainees can enroll in a free, Individual Membership. You can learn about the NCFDD resources and enroll in your free membership here.
We offer a suite of initiatives and ad hoc programming designed to develop the next generation of academic leaders.
We also convene an informal faculty leadership seminar in conjunction with the provost and offer our minority faculty the opportunity to build professional community together.
Academic pipeline programs are a critical part of our blueprint for diversity. Our Office partners with the University’s academic units to convene a suite of pipeline programs that are reshaping the next generation of academics and researchers.
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program
The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program brings to Washington University underrepresented minorities who have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators in the academy, in business or in fields of endeavor. Identified and invited by our academic units, these scholars participate in the intellectual life of the campus by interacting with faculty and graduate students, leading workshops, delivering public lectures, visiting classes and teaching seminars. Funding for the Distinguished Visiting Scholar program is provided by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity area.
Commission on Diversity & Inclusion
Former Vice Provost Adrienne Davis chaired and Cecilia Hanan Reyes acted as administrative lead to the Commission on Diversity & Inclusion, which was charged with implementing a two-year, 12-point action plan designed to advance the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Our team convenes several university advisory groups that are actively generating and assessing best practices for our community.
- Spring 2022 Faculty Service Equity Task Force
- Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms
- Standing Committee on Faculty Work/Life Balance
- Danforth Campus Lactation Rooms Task Force (this task force reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and works closely with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity team).
Grants & University Initiatives
Our area oversees university grant programs and other initiatives designed to support research and teaching that addresses the complex spectrum of work on diversity, disparities and identity.
- Danforth Campus Race & Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative
- Diversity & Inclusion Grants
- Ferguson Academic Seed Fund
See additional grant programs that are available.
Cecilia Hanan Reyes, Program Manager
Campus Box 1072, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Kia Lilly Caldwell
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
Kia is the vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity, a professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in Arts & Sciences. Kia’s administrative duties include consulting and collaborating with the school deans and other WashU school leaders to strengthen policies, procedures and processes that enable faculty success throughout their careers across the university. She advises the provost and other WashU leaders on faculty matters regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. As a faculty member, Kia’s research focuses on race, gender, Black feminism, health policy and HIV/AIDS in Brazil and the U.S. Her current research focuses on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities in the U.S. and Brazil and how Black women have reenvisioned democracy and human rights through activism and office holding across the Americas.
TRaP (Teaching, Research, and Practice) Faculty Fellow
Seema Dahlheimer is Senior Lecturer in the McKelvey School of Engineering. In partnership with Heather Rice, she works on policies and programming to support TRaP faculty during spring, 2022.
Faculty Fellow for Gender Equity
Amy Eyler is an associate professor in the Brown School and a Faculty Fellow for Gender Equity in the Office of the Provost. As a Faculty Fellow for Gender Equity, Amy uses her background in research and evaluation to assess relevant gender equity issues and identify needs and gaps in areas of Professional Development, Mentoring, and Culture & Climate at the university. Amy works her colleague and Fellow partner Professor Stephanie Kirk, and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to recommend and implement strategies for improvement.
Cecilia Hanan Reyes
Cecilia Hanan Reyes serves as the program manager in the office Provost working closely with the Vice Provost. She oversees a variety of faculty development programs, including the Women Faculty Leadership Institute. Cecilia also leads other initiatives such as the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program and ad-hoc professional development workshops and seminars. She is the institutional liaison with Interfolio and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence
As Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Aurora contributes professional expertise and leadership recommendations to the Provost and the Provost’s Leadership Team to enhance efforts for inclusive faculty policies and practices. She evaluates and assesses current and new programs housed in the Office of the Provost, and provides evidence-based recommendations. In this role, Aurora serves as a senior author and investigator on grants originating out of the Office of the Provost. She works to find appropriate publications into higher education national spaces to enhance the University’s reputation by disseminating Office of the Provost advancements. Furthermore, Aurora provides expert consultation on assessment of programs, and related areas of inclusive excellence, outside the Office of the Provost, as needed
Faculty Fellow for Gender Equity
Stephanie Kirk is a Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University’s College of Arts & Sciences. As a Faculty Fellow for Gender Equity Initiatives she is working on a series of projects designed to promote the advancement of women faculty on the Danforth Campus. Key issues in this regard include examining best practices for hiring and retaining women and working toward gender pay equity. Stephanie works closely with her co-fellow for gender equity, professor Amy Eyler, in improving gender climate and campus culture for female faculty and working on building community through mentoring programs and other initiatives.
TRaP (Teaching, Research, and Practice) Faculty Fellow
Heather Rice is a Teaching Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences. In partnership with Seema Dahlheimer, she works on policies and programming to support TRaP faculty during spring, 2022.
Faculty Fellow for Faculty Development
Rebecca Wanzo is Chair and Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. As a Faculty Fellow, Rebecca works closely with the Vice Provost to design strategies and improve policies that support faculty diversity and research excellence. Rebecca is assisting in implementing a set of institutional commitments made both by the 2017 Commission on Diversity & Inclusion, and the 2020 Commitments to Racial Equity.
Lead Intern – Web & Special Projects
Milli Boker served as the office’s summer intern for three years prior to joining the unit as the Lead Intern – Web & Special Projects, for the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. She is an undergraduate student in the School of Arts & Sciences. Milli is responsible for the updating and maintenance of the diversity event calendar as well as the posts and announcements features on the Diversity website. Milli also assists in supporting special events hosted by the department.
Graduate Student Worker
Zeles Vargas joined the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity team in December, 2021. Zeles is a graduate student of Sociocultural Anthropology in the School of Arts & Sciences. Among other responsibilities, Zeles assists the Vice Provost with the ADVANCE grant, and he supports faculty development programing and initiatives.