Through the Faculty Ranks Series

This series of workshops includes special topics that are of interest to a cross-section of faculty members across campus.

Diversity and Equity in Promotion and Tenure

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Light Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Session
Levis Faculty Center, room 210

This workshop is designed for faculty members to enhance their understanding and awareness of how issues of equity and bias influence promotion and tenure decisions. We invite all faculty members to attend this workshop, particularly those who are eligible to serve on department and College level Promotion & Tenure committees. Goals of this discussion-based workshop are to (a) Examine the definition of excellence within our university and respective fields of study; (b) Foster awareness of biases and schemas that lead to cumulative advantages and disadvantages in the Promotion & Tenure process; and (c) Support faculty in developing a more thoughtful approach to evaluating Promotion & Tenure dossiers.

Session Facilitators:

  • Mardia J. BishopDirector of Public Speaking Instruction and Teaching Associate Professor, Communication
  • Jonathan EbelProfessor and Head, Religion
  • Amy SantosAssociate Provost for Faculty Development

Due to the nature of this workshop, it will be in-person only and will not be recorded.

Session Resources

Past Sessions

Iron Chef: The Secret Ingredient of Generative AI in Education

Thursday, October 19, 2023
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

AI-driven technologies are not just reshaping industries but are also poised to revolutionize the way we design and deliver content in educational settings. In this virtual workshop, we will explore the possibilities of generative AI for the education of the future, uncover some of the latest trends and concerns among those in academia, and learn about the various campus resources to support faculty on this topic. Finally, through an engaging demonstration, attendees will witness firsthand how generative AI can elevate course content to gourmet levels, adding flavor, depth, and creativity and empower educators with tools to make classroom content more dynamic, customized, and relevant than ever before.


  • Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya has led teaching and learning teams and taught residential, online, and blended courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Her research interests include online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology innovation in teaching, access to digital learning resources, generative AI for education, and faculty preparation to teach.
  • Jamie Nelson, Associate Director of Educational Innovation at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, was one of 55 experts from across the globe that served on the 2023 Horizon panel. Jamie also serves as the Associate Director of Educational Technologies at Gies College of Business at Illinois.

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Archived Series

See the Through the Faculty Ranks Series Archive for topics in previous academic years.