Center for Faculty Innovation

Equity-Minded Reform of Faculty Workloads (Online Scholarly Talk)

Wed, 12 May 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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The unequal distribution of faculty workload is one of the most important, yet least talked about, inequities that shape the experiences of faculty members within colleges and universities. As a result of the pandemic, faculty workloads are growing, and growing more inequitable. In particular, faculty from historically minoritized identities and women faculty face unusually high service, teaching, and mentoring workloads. Inclusion and equity require departments and institutions to identify and dismantle systems that maintain unequal workloads and avoid longer time to advancement, higher stress, increased burnout, and greater willingness to leave for women and BIPOC faculty. Further, colleagues lack information about how work is divided and the workloads of their peers. Departments rarely engage in a transparent process for assigning workload commitments and this can be amplified across faculty rank and series.

In this talk, KerryAnn O’Meara, P.I. of the NSF, Faculty Workload and Rewards Project  and co-author of a new report and set of resources published by ACE shares what she learned with colleagues during a five-year, action research project aimed at promoting equity in how faculty labor is taken up, assigned, and rewarded. She considers how workload inequities emerge in "discretionary spaces," and the evidence-based policies and practices departments have used to identify inequalities, assess faculty and university needs, and re-design workload with equity in mind.

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Offered in partnership with:

  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Curriculum  

Due to the localized context of this event, which focuses on equity reform at JMU, spaces in this workshop are reserved for JMU employees only. If you are a faculty member from another institution, we invite you to peruse the JMU website for other events/activities open to cross-institutional enrollees.


Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Articulating how unequal workloads disproportionately affect BIPOC and women faculty;
  • Identifying root causes and correlates of workload inequity; and
  • Exploring evidence-based policies and practices that redesign workload with equity in mind.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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