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Introducing the Three Point Plan

As we start the Fall semester, please take the time to review the Academic Affairs Three Point Plan to a More Inclusive Environment and watch the video message from Provost Agho. (More)

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Black in Microbiology Week

Black in Microbiology Week is scheduled for September 28 - October 4, 2020. It features eminent Black microbiologists, virologists, parasitologists, mycologists, microbiome researchers, women and early career microbial scientists. (More)

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ODU Women Writers Don’t Let the Pandemic Stand in Their Way

During the first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, reporter Colleen Flaherty published an article in Inside Higher Ed that generated much attention. In a piece entitled “No Room of One’s Own,” Flaherty quoted several editors of academic journals who expressed concern about the decline in article submissions authored solely by women scholars. (More)

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Best Practices: Types of White Mentors Students of Color Come Across in Academia

The current literature on mentoring lacks the perspective of students of color relationship with their white mentors. As more students of color enter historically white institutions, they will find they have limited options for mentors of color, thus increasing the need of a focus on how the behaviors of white mentors impact their students of color. (More)

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Best Practices: Diversity Statements

In this article we explore suggestions made by researchers on how to frame the request for diversity statements and what candidates should be expected to include in a diversity statement. (More)

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Best Practices: Writing a Diversity Statement

Writing a diversity statement is important because your prospective employer is then able to recruit a diverse faculty, now has an idea as you how you will contribute, how the institution will better serve its increasingly diverse student population, and how your presence, culturally unique perspectives and experiences will benefit students and the institution. (More)

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Excite the Dream

Excite the Dream ODU is a pilot program designed to attract and ultimately recruit faculty of color. The Office of Faculty Diversity and Retention, along with Dean Bray, Dean Dodge, Dean Sandstrom, and Dean Van Lunen, invited 7 scholars to explore ODU, get acquainted with faculty and to share their research. (More)

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Panel on Professional Success in Higher Education

Panelists fielded questions related to their choice of career, their career path in Higher Education, resilience, empowerment, and how these qualities are related to their continued success at ODU specifically and higher education more broadly. (More)

Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Attends 2019 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

2019 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is the largest gathering of underrepresented minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The goal of the Institute is to provide a safe environment for doctoral scholars to share insights and survival tips for success in graduate work, build communities among themselves, enrich their research and teaching strategies, and give scholars the skills that will serve them in the profession of their choice. (More)

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New Diverse Recruitment Program Launches

Old Dominion University will be sponsoring Excite the Dream ODU program. This program gives an opportunity for underrepresents scholars to attend workshops, visit our campus and discuss research agenda with chairs, deans and potential hiring committee members. (More)


Dr. Locke Speaks at William and Mary

The College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education has invited Dr. Elizabeth Locke to share her knowledge and professional experience on physical therapy for middle school students, at Focusing on the Future Event on February 1, 2020. (More)

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Faculty Diversity Workshop Led by Professor Sanzo

Faculty diversity leaders and committee members across colleges participated in a five hour workshop was led by Dr. Karen Sanzo focused on using design thinking to develop goals and objectives that would guide diversity activities for the academic year. (More)


Dr. Akpinar-Elci Named American Thoracic Society Fellow

Dr. Muge Akpinar-Elci, chair of Old Dominion University's School of Community & Environmental Health and director of the Center for Global Health, recently was named an American Thoracic Society (ATS) fellow at the organization's 115th annual international conference. (More)