Faculty Associates Program

Inclusion and Equity Faculty Associates provide leadership roles in a variety of justice-based initiatives for faculty university-wide. Faculty Associates function within the student-centered mission of the division and are highly dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice throughout the academic culture at GVSU. Faculty Associates serve at least two year terms representing a one course reassignment (or "buy-out") per semester. Their roles and responsibilities vary based on interest, expertise, and current needs of the division and university.

Current Faculty Associates

Dana Munk

Dana Munk, Ph.D.

Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow, Pew FTLC and Professor of Movement Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

068 James H. Zumberge Hall

Faculty Associate since Winter 2015

Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Professor of Liberal Studies, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

245 Lake Ontario Hall

Faculty Associate since Fall 2017

C.J. Mehall

C.J. Mehall

Affiliate Faculty of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

467C Richard M DeVos Center

Faculty Associate since Fall 2017

Lisa Perhamus

Lisa Perhamus

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, College of Education

430C Richard M DeVos Center

Faculty Associate since Fall 2017

Donald "D.J." Mitchell, Jr., Ph.D.
then Assistant Professor of Education
then M.Ed. in Higher Education Program Coordinator
Faculty Associate: 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

Danielle Lake, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
Interim LIB 201 Coordinator
Faculty Associate: 2016-2017

  • Tenure and tenure track faculty.
  • Faculty at the rank of associate or higher preferred, but assistant professors may also be considered.
  • As available, attend Division of Inclusion and Equity leadership meetings (approximately 1x per month).
  • Meet with other Faculty Associates (approximately 2x per semester these are scheduled with the faculty associates to accommodate schedules).
  • Complete a year-end summary to include a review of goals and objectives.
  • Post a reflection on the I&E website.

The projects that are agreed upon will be co-created to meet the needs of the faculty member, while being mutually beneficial to the Division of Inclusion and Equity. Below are examples of potential areas of interest. This list is not exhaustive and creativity is encouraged.

Faculty Associates may…

  • Introduce ideas for integrating inclusion across the curriculum, including course redesign or enhancements that align with the division's social justice framework for inclusion and equity.
  • Provide input and expertise in developing new undergraduate courses which address inclusion and social justice.
  • Support the diverse mentoring needs of faculty, staff and/or student identity groups on campus.
  • Assist in the development of and serve as facilitators for social justice education programs for faculty, staff and/or students.
  • Fulfill a role as Division of Inclusion and Equity liaisons to employee affinity groups on campus.
  • Serve as faculty advisors to the social justice centers (Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Campus Interfaith Resources, Disability Support Resources).
  • Represent faculty on the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council and/or serve as liaison to UAS and other faculty governance committees as appropriate.
  • Utilize campus experiences to further research and scholarship interests.
  • Email a letter of interest and current vita to Dana Munk at munkd@gvsu.edu by May 15, 2018.
  • Faculty Associate appointment will be finalized by June 1, 2018 for start in the fall semester.
    • Applicants should be sure to highlight a potential project or area of interest.
    • Projects should resonate with faculty requirements for promotion and tenure.
  • Applicants must receive prior approval from their respective Department Chair, Dean, and Provost prior to being appointed (this can occur via the Division of Inclusion and Equity, but faculty are encouraged to discuss with appropriate individuals in their unit and college prior to application).
  • At the conclusion of the experience, the Vice President for Inclusion and Equity will provide letters of review to demonstrate efforts that support the tenure and promotion process.

Page last modified October 8, 2017