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September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


To serve all members of our society, our colleges and universities must put Equity at the center of their work, not just as a desired outcome, but also as integral to the process of education – how we do what we do. To serve their public purpose, our higher education institutions must also commit deeply to Civic and Community Engagement in teaching and research.  Our faculty reward systems (including promotion, tenure or long-term contracts for non-tenure-track faculty, and post-tenure review) shape whom we attract, support, and retain as faculty.  This symposium will explore how faculty reward systems can be structured to support both of these critical and intersecting themes in higher education–Equity and Public Engagement.  How might we transform the culture, policies and practices of our reward systems to recruit and retain the faculty we need?  Sessions throughout the day will begin to address these questions and will include breakout sessions targeted at faculty and campus executives who are essential to the process.


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Opening and Keynote Speaker

 Framing of the Day | Dr. Renee White, Wheaton College
Just Faculty Evaluation: What We Can and Should Do Now | Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, University of Maryland

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Session 1: Guiding Your Institution toward Equity: Re-envisioning Policy, Practice, and Culture in Faculty Reward Systems 
    • Panelists:
      • Noemi Custodia-Lora, Northern Essex Community College
      • Margaret N. Freije, College of the Holy Cross
      • Roopika Risam, Salem State University
    • Moderated by Marisol Morales, VP for Network Development at Campus Compact
  • Session 2: Faculty Leadership in Advancing Equity: Our Roles and Responsibilities in Transforming Reward System
    • Panelists:
      • Raúl Gutierrez, Holyoke Community College
      • Asher Jackson, Fitchburg State University
      • Christina Santana, Worcester State University
      • Amit Taneja, College of the Holy Cross
    • Moderated by Cynthia Lynch, Salem State University

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Plenary Session with Breakout Discussion Groups
Moving Toward Action: Identifying the Levers of Change on Your Campus

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Closing Session
Points of Refleciton and Possibility: A Faculty Dialogue

  • Panelists:
    • Kendra Brewster, Providence College
    • Vanessa Rosa, Mount Holyoke College
    • Wafa Unus, Fitchburg State University
  • Moderated by Elaine Ward, Merrimack College


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