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Faculty Inclusion and Excellence Study

Executive Summary - Mentoring 
Following extensive work on MSU's ADAPP ADVANCE grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, the Faculty Excellence and Inclusion Study investigated the experiences of faculty of color at MSU. The study gathered information about the specific needs and experiences of faculty of color. The report analyzes aspects of the mentoring experience for faculty of color and provides recommendations for improvement. The dataset, collected by Dr. Isis Settles and Paulette Granberry Russell (director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives), consisted of one-on-one interviews with 118 of MSU’s American Indian, Asian, Black and Hispanic faculty members.

Epistemic Exclusion - Full Report
The Epistemic Exclusion Project was led by Dr. Kristie Dotson (Philosophy), and included three other collaborators: Dr. NiCole Buchanan (Psychology), Dr. Michael O’Rourke (Philosophy, and director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative); and Dr. Isis Settles (University of Michigan, Psychology and Afroamerican and African Studies). Dr. Dotson developed and coined the term "epistemic exclusion" (2012, 2014) to explain how evaluations of scholarship, ways of knowing, and knowledge production often exclude scholarship on non-traditional topics within a discipline, as well as scholarship produced by members of marginalized social groups.

Dr. O’Rourke and Dr. Stephanie E. Vasko led three workshops in Spring 2017 to 1) explore how faculty and administrators at MSU see epistemic exclusion in their work contexts; 2) provide faculty and administrators with a label for experiences in which certain types of scholarship are excluded; and 3) solicit suggestions for changes to policy and practice that could address epistemic exclusion at MSU and within higher education. Findings from these dialogues and recommendations are included in the full report
The Epistemic Exclusion Project was funded by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant award from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

Faculty Fellow Deborah Johnson receives best paper award

Deborah Johnson, professor of human development and family studies and faculty fellow in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, received the Most Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of Black Psychology for her paper that examined the links between exposure to community violence (witnessing or being a victim) and racial socialization and psychological well-being in a study of 281 African American college students. 

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