Guest Scholar and Speaker

KerryAnn O’Meara (she/her/hers) is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland and Immediate Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Her equity-minded and engaged scholarship seeks to advance the full participation of a diverse faculty who learn, teach, and inform practice across a range of epistemologies. She has studied academic careers and reward systems for over twenty years, including how to counteract the effects of documented biases in evaluation practice. KerryAnn has designed, implemented and studied evidence-based interventions to improve equity in faculty hiring, promotion and tenure, workloads, and retention. Her work is widely published and funded. KerryAnn’s research, mentoring of graduate students, teaching, and leadership are highly integrated. She spent 10 years as Director of the University of Maryland ADVANCE program, leading hiring, retention, and advancement efforts and 3 years as Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Affairs in her College of Education. KerryAnn consults with colleges and universities seeking to make equity-minded reform to their hiring, promotion and tenure, faculty development programs, and workload systems. KerryAnn teaches and learns with students about issues of organizational change and behavior, women in higher education, the academic workforce, and ranking systems. She is a sought after partner, speaker, and consultant on reforms to make academe equitable and inclusive.

KerryAnn O’Meara
May Institute 2021: Faculty Talk

Equity-Minded Reform of Faculty Workloads (Scholarly Talk). The unequal distribution of faculty workload is one of the most important, yet least talked about, inequities that shape the experiences of instructional faculty. As a result of the pandemic, workloads are growing, and growing more inequitable—particularly for BIPOC and women faculty. This talk unveils how faculty labor is taken up, assigned, and rewarded—and what needs to be done to re-design workload with equity in mind. Plan to join the CFI for this virtual faculty talk led by Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, University of Maryland. Wed 5/12, 1-2:30 PM. 

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