Keynote Speaker- Dr. Tia McNair
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 Provost Randall Lavender was joined by Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson for the 2016 Faculty Convocation. President Ferguson welcomed the Faculty with opening remarks. Provost Lavender began with an academic year kickoff message and the introduction of keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair.
The 2016 Faculty Convocation was held in the Otis Forum, situated within a new 89,000 square-foot student housing, academic, and student services complex. Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson welcomed the Faculty with opening remarks; Provost Randall Lavender followed with a brief message and the introduction of our keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair. Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, Dr. McNair is a leader in advancing student success and making excellence inclusive in higher education. In her keynote presentation, "Advancing Faculty Diversity through the Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence," Dr. McNair illuminated ways that institutions can create campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today's increasingly diverse cohort of students who require an institution-wide commitment to addressing diversity, equity, learning, and student success as core values with measurable goals.
In Dr. McNair’s words, “The challenge for many leaders will be to embrace a sense of “shared responsibility” for promoting inclusive excellence on their campus. Campuses will need to move beyond the numbers - understanding that achieving faculty diversity is more than focused recruitment strategies and will require an institutional climate change that endorses inclusion and creates high-quality learning environments that value and embrace the multiple identities of students, faculty, and staff.”
Following our keynote presentation, we recognized Faculty Promotions and honored four of Otis’ finest faculty members—Jim Starrett, Siri Kaur, Laura Barbera, and Kimberly Brooks—in our annual Teaching Excellence Awards.