Black Faculty and Staff Association


Conference Agenda

Thursday April 24, 2014
4 - 7 p.m. Registration and Opening Reception - Education Building Atrium
Friday April 25, 2014
8 - 8:45 a.m Registration and Breakfast - Education Building Atrium
8:45 - 9 a.m.

Conference Opening - Education Building 162

Dr. Emmanuel Harris, II, Associate Professor, Spanish & African American Studies

Mr. Max Allen, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor

9 - 9:15 a.m.

By the Numbers - A Diversity Overview
Dr. Edelmira Segovia, Interim Associate Provost, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

9:20 - 9:50 a.m.

Plenary: Morning Keynote Address - Education Building 162
"Reflections on Leadership and Career Success"
Dr. Stan Waddell, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Chief Technology Officer, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Waddell will discuss his thoughts on navigating landscape of one's career and developing and honing leadership skills at various levels in your career. He will discuss his views on inspiring others to action in support of a goal, clear communication of expectations, and being available and prepared (even if you are not ready) when the opportunity to serve arises.

Mr. Zach Mitcham, Chief IT Security Officer

9:50 - 10 a.m. Break and Transition
10 - 10:50 a.m.

Plenary: "A Conversation With The Provosts" - Education Building 162

Three of the UNC system's Chief Academic Officers will engage meeting attendees in an interactive discussion focusing on challenges and opportunities in faculty recruitment, professional development and advancement, and retention. The presenters will briefly introduce these topics, allowing substantial time for audience participation.

Dr. Denise Battles, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
North Carolina Central University

Dr. Brenda Allen, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University

Dr. Emmanuel Harris, II, Associate Professor, Spanish & African American Studies

10:50 - 11 a.m. Break and Transition
Morning Concurrent Sessions
11 - 11:50 a.m.

Session One: "Pursuing an Advanced Degree" Education Building 214

This panel will cover frequently asked questions that undergraduate students and college graduates ask when considering an advanced degree. Topics include why people seek advanced degrees, setting personal and professional goals for future success, identifying the advanced degree that will lead to meeting your goals, and how to choose a graduate school that will work for you.

Dr. Susan Catapano, Professor & Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, UNC Wilmington

Ms. Angela Douglas, Lecturer, Political Science & Public Administration; Masters of Public Administration Program Coordinator, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Michele Parker, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Mr. Brandon Bell, Graduate Student, Higher Education Administration

Session Two: "Good Jobs are Hard to Come By: How Long Should I Stay?"
Education Building

Using a case-study approach this interactive workshop focuses on the difference between ordinary, occasional dissatisfaction and a genuine career mismatch. How do you know when you're truly ready to move on? And how do you then get out gracefully? If you're just toying with the idea of leaving your current position, staying in your current position with some reservations or leaving the field all together this workshop will provide you with some specific tools to make the transition smoothly and professionally regardless of the decision you make.

Dr. Frances Graham, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
North Carolina Central University

Ms. Erica E. Farrar, Senior Associate Director, Residence Life, UNC Greensboro

Mr. Todd McFadden, Director, Upperman African American Cultural Center

Session Three: "Difficulties Advancing Within Predominately White Institutions"
Education Building

African American faculty members often have difficulty advancing through the tenure and promotion system. This is particularly the case in the predominately White institutions (PWIs) within the UNC system. The purpose of this panel session is to discuss the challenges faced by African American faculty in the tenure and promotion process as well as the advancement to administration. This interactive session will feature African American faculty members from three large PWIs within the UNC system and is intended for faculty members and administrators. The panelists will share their personal experiences as well as the experiences of other African Americans at their respective institutions. The panel will address challenges typically faced by African American faculty at PWIs, including, but not limited to, poor teaching assignments, administrative overload, marginalization of research agendas, discounting of service, "othering" by students, and the lack of support from colleagues and administration. Commentary from the audience will be welcomed.

Dr. Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology,
North Carolina State University

Dr. Eileen R. Carlton Parsons, Associate Professor, Science Education, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson, Assistant Professor, Addictions & Rehabilitation Studies,
East Carolina University

Ms. Pamela Elliott, Director, Institutional Risk Management

11:50-12 p.m. Break and Transition to Lunch
12 -12:50 p.m. Lunch and Afternoon Keynote - Education Building 162

Announcements & Acknowledgement of Sponsors and Donors
Ms. Cheryl Sutton, Special Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor & HUB Coordinator,
Office of Facilities

"Doing Business with NASA'S New STEM Program"
Dr. Roger Hathaway, Head, Office of Education, NASA Langley Research Center; Langley, Virginia

Ms. Pamela Elliott, Director, Institutional Risk Management

12:50 - 1 p.m. Transition to Afternoon Sessions
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1 - 1:50 p.m.

Session Four: "Enhancing Information Literacy Skills Among HBCU Graduate Students"
Education Building 214

The acquisition of information literacy skills by HBCU students pursuing graduate degrees in the arena of human service constitutes a new, worthwhile, and altogether uniquely compelling endeavor. The ability to successfully navigate one's way through ever-expanding reservoirs of human service specific data enhances qualifications needed to engage effectively in professional practice. Students enrolled in graduate human service degree programs at HBCU's need to know sophisticated methodologies for searching, identifying, and accessible credible research. Not insignificantly, the acquisition of these skills fosters a concurrent commitment to the provision of evidence-based practice with clients. This session will focus on exploring an HBCU university library initiative intended to increase graduate student's information literacy through effective collaboration with teaching faculty - specifically, the collaboration between an academic librarian and a social work professor. Results indicated that information literacy initiatives are well received by graduate students and faculty members. They are also viewed as necessary resources for improving student learning outcomes.

Dr. Oliver Johnson, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Fayetteville State University

Mr. Zach Mitcham, Chief IT Security Officer

Session Five: "Cross-Race Mentoring for Faculty and Staff: What works and What Doesn't"
Education Building 229

Mentoring within the academy has been shown to have a positive impact on faculty and graduate students of color, resulting in higher rates of academic performance and graduation for students and retention, tenure, promotion, and career success for faculty. Yet, it can be difficult for faculty and graduate students of color to find same-race mentors within the academic setting, and many will need to seek mentoring from someone of another race.

This panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of cross-race mentoring for faculty and graduate students, with special attention to mentoring relationships between black and white men and women. Using the backdrop of recent research on cross-race mentoring relationships and their own personal experiences, the panelists will outline specific issues that cause cross-race mentoring relationships to fail and behaviors and attitudes that are associated with positive mentoring relationships. Attendees will be provided with ideas for seeking out, building, and strengthening their own cross-race mentoring relationships and mentoring networks.

Dr. Lori Messinger, Professor & Director, School of Social Work, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Terri Moore Brown, Professor & Chair, Social Work, Fayetteville State University

Dr. Monica Terrell Leach, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management,
North Carolina Central University

Ms. Delores Rhodes, Community Outreach Liaison, Watson College of Education

Session Six: "Creating Success in the Academy" Education Building 306

This panel will engage the challenging issues of surviving, succeeding, and thriving in the academy. Topics will include the recruitmentand interview process, mentors and mentoring, Black Faculty and Staff leadership, securing tenure and promotion, moving into academic leadership positions, and managing work-life and balance.

Dr. Samuel Murrell, Professor, Philosophy & Religion, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Deborah Brunson, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Emmanuel Harris, II, Associate Professor, Spanish & African American Studies, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Earl Sheridan, Professor & Chair, Public and International Affairs, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin, Associate Professor,
Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education

1:50-2 p.m. Break & Transition to Next Sessions
2 - 2:50 p.m.

Session Seven: "Thesis, Dissertation, and Publication" Education Building 214

In this session participants will explore the writing process from thesis to dissertation to publication. The facilitator will review common challenges with thesis and dissertation writing with particular emphasis on challenges faced by African American students and their faculty mentors. Participants will also discuss research and writing for publication with focus on the following (1) allowing service to the community to inform your research agenda, (2) forming strategic writing partnerships, (3) selecting the best avenues to publish your work, and (4) knowing where you are and what counts in the publication process.

Dr. Donyell Roseboro, Associate Professor & Director Professional Development System (PDS); Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, UNC Wilmington

Dr. L J Randolph, Jr, Assistant Professor, Spanish & Education

Session Eight: "Succession Planning In Higher Education" Education Building 162

At present, women and minorities are having considerable trouble moving into leadership roles in higher education. According to a 2007 report by the American Council on Education, the numbers of women and minorities in presidential positions at colleges and universities have not increased significantly since 1998. Not only has there been little movement in the presidency, but these groups are also underrepresented in other senior administrators such as, Dean, Provost and Vice Presidents. Due to the low numbers of women and minorities assuming leadership roles, the need to develop "succession planning models" should be considered to help increase the number of minorities in leadership.

Succession planning can help institutions realize current employees who not only have talent, but potential to move into leadership roles. The ACE report highlights the fact that almost half of all college presidents are age 61 or older, which offers opportunities for renewal. As a result of this data, ACE and others are recommending that more women and minorities should be considered for presidencies, as well as promoting more women and minorities to chief academic officer positions--the most traditional preparation for the presidency. In order to address these deficiencies, institutions of higher education should consider the following factors for developing a succession plan: (1) mentoring, (2) professional development models, and (3). The Chronicle for Higher Education shows there are currently 8 sitting college/university presidents who have tenures of 30 years or more in that role. This presentation will cover the ideal of succession planning, the effect of long-serving administrators, and the impact of mentoring in the senior administrative planning for institutional survival.

Dr. C. Ellen Washington, Assistant Director & Scholar in Residence, Women's Center,
North Carolina State University

Ms. Kimberly McKoy, Grants Officer, Office of Research Services & Sponsored Programs

2:50 - 3 p.m. Break and Transition to Synthesis Session
3 - 4 p.m. Plenary: Synthesis Session/Action Steps - Education Building 162

Session Facilitators:
Ms. Fran Scarlett, Regional Director, Small Business & Technology Development Center,
Cameron School of Business

Ms. Cheryl Sutton, Special Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor & HUB Coordinator,
Office of Facilities

Dr. Glen Harris, Associate Professor, History

Mr. Brandon Bell, Graduate Student, Higher Education Administration

4:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Dr. B. Lynne Reeder, Director, Counseling Center & University Testing Services

4:30 p.m. Closing Reception - Education Building Atrium
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7 - 11 p.m. "Stompin' At the Savoy" - Burney Center (Advance Ticket Purchase Required)