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The University of Oklahoma - FACULTY SENATE



This Committee is responsible to the Faculty Senate for reviewing and recommending policy and practice on issues related to faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the Committee shall:

  1. Investigate, discover, and promote best practices for faculty recruiting and retention.

  2. Gather and review information on the allocation of university resources awards, research grants, prizes, etc.)and advancements (tenure, promotion, named professorships, etc.) relative to metrics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  3. Suggest to the Senate appropriate proposals, strategies, and forums for advancing the goals of the committee.

  4. Work with the Office of University Community to set priorities, advance policy, and follow up on the progress of proposed initiatives.

  5. Report at least yearly to the Senate and, upon approval, the President and the Provost.


Operating Procedures:

The Committee shall formulate its own operating procedures, which shall include:

  1. The election of a chair from among the faculty members of the Committee.

  2. Provision for a sub-committee of the Committee to which non-members of the Committee may be appointed by the Faculty Senate, if the Senate deems such additions appropriate.

  3. Provision for liaison with all appropriate councils and committees.



7 faculty members to be elected by the Faculty Senate to 3-year staggered terms


2017-18 Members:

Kathrine Gutierrez (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) (2017-18)
Catalin Teodoriu (Petroleum and Geological Engineering) (2017-18)
Shawn Churchman (Musical Theatre) (2017-19)
L. Eugenia Cox-Fuenzalida (Psychology) (2017-19)
Lupe Davidson (Women’s & Gender Studies) (2017-20)
Ben Keppel (History) (2017-20)
Randa Shehab (Industrial & Systems Engineering) (2017-20)

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