Faculty Allies and Advocates

Faculty Allies learn to use their privilege to support the advancement of women and other minoritized faculty in their academic units. Through face-to-face workshops, online modules, and other ongoing programming, Faculty Allies develop their skills in allyship and bystander intervention. The BGSU ALLIES project's ultimate goal is to have at least 40% of all full-time faculty in our targeted academic units trained as Faculty Allies.

Faculty Advocates are senior faculty from our targeted academic units who work with the BGSU ALLIES team to build on their allyship training and learn effective facilitation practices. Our Advocates then serve as facilitators for faculty workshops and as liaisons to the ALLIES departments. They will also participate in the BGSU ALLIES regional conference in Spring 2021.

Inclusive Leadership for Faculty Administrators

Inclusive leaders:

  1. Proactively advocate for all the faculty they lead;
  2. Cultivate a climate in which each faculty member feels valued and included;
  3. Enact equitable workplace policies, procedures, and practices; and
  4. Work to identify and break down barriers and biases that hinder the career success of women and faculty of color.

BGSU ALLIES is working to train BGSU Chairs/Directors and other faculty administrators on inclusive leadership principles and practices. Our program includes a workshop on allyship, sessions to explore the traits of inclusive leaders and how to broaden personal networks, and support in crafting individual action plans to incorporate inclusive leadership practices into their work.

Institutional Policies

BGSU ALLIES strives to ensure that all campus leaders are formally evaluated on their achievements in inclusive leadership. To this end, the team is working with the College Deans and Provost to add inclusive leadership as an explicit expectation in faculty administrator handbooks and items on inclusive leadership to include on administrator evaluation instruments.

Institutional Data

BGSU does not currently track faculty data that could reveal how intersecting identities impact faculty representation and advancement. These types of data are vital information for administrators seeking to implement inclusive leadership practices. BGSU ALLIES therefore seeks to improve the way BGSU collects data on non-binary gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexuality, and dis/ability status wherever possible. With these data, we will be better able to track these categories in faculty applicant pools and hires and in faculty and administrator demographics.

Research Project

Led by co-PI Lisa Hanasono, the BGSU ALLIES team is collecting data to better understand what factors make faculty members more likely to engage in ally behaviors, including bystander intervention. This work will help fill in the gap in the research literature about faculty attitudes, beliefs, skills, and behaviors related to allyship.

Who Is Included?

BGSU ALLIES is working with faculty in these academic units in STEM, including learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences:

  • Applied Statistics & Operations Research
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Media Production & Studies
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • School of Earth, Environment & Society
  • School of Media & Communication
  • Sociology
  • STEM Education
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

In addition, the ALLIES team is working with faculty administrators across the University on inclusive leadership development and policy revisions.

Updated: 12/23/2021 05:49PM