Keeping a Watch on Diversity

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Provost, Jerald Ainsworth, sent out this directive today:

Funding for diversity initiatives has transitioned to Academic Affairs as of July 1, 2017; therefore, requests for funding will be received, reviewed, and funded from the Provost’s Office. The Office for Equity and Diversity will monitor funding and audit our efforts for the purpose of reporting our efforts to the UT System and other agencies.

All proposals will be evaluated by an ad hoc faculty group who will provide a recommendation regarding funding. The funding is available in three categories: Faculty Development, Faculty Opportunity Hiring, and Promoting Equity and Diversity. The link below will take you to a website that provides a detailed description for each of the categories, an application form, and the rubric that will be used to evaluate proposals.

https://www.utc.edu/academic-affairs/provosts-page/diversity.php

Contact the Provost Office if you have questions.

My guess is that the administration wants to keep the funding of this group of people under scrutiny.  Given UT Knoxville’s boffo performances in this regard (with the legislature striking back) that’s not a bad idea.

One think the Diversity people could do that just might be constructive is to feature departments with non-white and/or female leadership, like this one.  But then they would have to admit that they did not contribute to the diversity that resulted, and that would be hard pill to swallow.

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