Implicit Bias Workshops
Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program offer 90-minute implicit bias workshops designed for faculty.
All faculty who serve on reappointment, promotion, and/or tenure committees and faculty search committees are required to participate in an implicit bias workshop if they have not in the past four years, pursuant to Provost Bras’ memo in October 2016 to academic leaders. (Instructional and research faculty are welcome to attend as space permits.) All faculty who participated in implicit bias workshops during 2016-2020 are EXEMPT from the training requirement until Fall 2021.
The goals of these workshops are to increase awareness of the impact of implicit bias and to facilitate equitable decision-making across myriad processes related to faculty evaluations.
As a participant in the workshop, you will learn the following:
- An introduction to the concept of implicit bias and how these unconscious, automatic mental processes may impact behaviors such as evaluating candidates during faculty search and/or RPT processes.
- Empirical research on vitaes, letters of recommendations, and teaching evaluations to illustrate the impact of implicit bias on decisions.
- Effective practices and strategies for faculty search and RPT committees.
Spring 2021 Implicit Bias workshop dates will be announced in December 2020.
All workshops are from noon - 1:30 p.m.
Paul Benkeser, senior associate chair and professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, serves as the senior faculty lead of the implicit bias facilitation team, that includes: Harris Dimitropoulos, associate professor, School of Architecture; Robert Kirkman, associate professor, School of Public Policy; Mark Mitchell, associate director, Georgia Tech Research Institute; and Michelle Rinehart, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach, College of Design.