The University of Cincinnati Black Faculty Association is a formal university organization with permanent funding and support from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.
The formation of the Black Faculty Association has helped unify and enhance the morale of black faculty across campus, according to its co-chair James Mack, associate dean of the Graduate School and associate professor of chemistry. “Our organization has had a chance to really examine the unique challenges that face black faculty at the university and develop strategies to alleviate these hurdles,” Mack said.
The group outlined a sustainability plan for the recruitment and retention of black faculty at UC. Citing the Creating Our Third Century vision for UC, the group wants to develop programs and build research networks for UC’s black faculty and create an environment where UC is seen as a first-choice destination for black faculty and their families. The group also wants to remove roadblocks that limit the productivity of black faculty at UC.
Examples of activities to be supported by the new organization’s permanent funding include faculty development seminars to increase grant applications and improve teaching effectiveness; symposia to share research interests and explore potential research collaborations; and opportunities that leverage the skills and interests of existing faculty to provide networking, mentoring and support for recruitment, retention, tenure and promotion.