IAs are TU tenured faculty and permanent status librarians who are trained as search
and selection process advisors. Their preparation includes a 16-hour Seminar and on-going
education addressing current research and best practices about implicit bias, diversity,
representation, and the ever-changing legal landscape in hiring, inclusive employment
principles, and practical strategies for each stage of the search process. IAs are
consistently on the cutting edge of effective advocacy of de-biasing the search process.
The Office of the Provost has committed to ensuring that a designated Inclusion Advocate
sit on tenured, tenure track faculty and permanent librarian search committees.
Role and Responsibilities
Per the TU Tenured, Tenure-Track, Faculty and Permanent Status Librarian Hiring Procedures:
- The role of the IA is to serve on the search committee as a resource to promote inclusive
and equitable screening and evaluation of applicants.
- The IA shall ensure that all voices are heard during the search process, and if necessary,
address discriminatory behavior within the search process with support of the committee
chair, department chairperson, dean, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion,
and Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity.
- The IA is expected to participate in the same aspects of the search as other members
of the search committee throughout the process.
The IA Seminar
All Inclusion Advocates take part in an in-depth Seminar in preparation for their
role. The content of the IA Seminar includes major topics such as:
- Demographics, Multiple Identities, & Intersectionality
- The Creation of Inclusion Advocates
- The Role & Expectations of Inclusion Advocates
- Diversity, Representation, Equity & Inclusion Language
- Hiring Protocols, Policies, Procedures
- Best Practices in Multicultural Interviewing
- Dialogue, Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution
- Change Management
The IA Seminar will be provided at least once every other year as a collaboration
between the Office of the Provost and OIIE.
Becoming an Inclusion Advocate
If you would like to be considered as an Inclusion Advocate, please email inclusionadvocate AT_TOWSON.
To request an Inclusion Advocate, please complete the Inclusion Advocates Form.
Inaugural Inclusion Advocate Cohort
Spring 2021 Cohort
Shantanu Bagchi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Melissa Groves, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Mary Lashley, Professor, Department of Nursing
Devon Dobrosielski, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
John McTague, Professor, Department of Political Science
Salvatore Pappalardo, Associate Professor, Department of English
Paporn “Bee” Thebpanya, Associate Professor, Department of Geography &
Todd Kenreich, Professor, Department of Secondary & Middle School
Gilda Martinez-Alba, Assistant Dean & Professor, Department of
Michael Angelella, Professor, Department of Electronic Media & Film
Joseph Kraemer, Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Media &
Vincent Thomas, Professor, Department of Dance
Clare Muhoro, Professor, Department of Chemistry
Kathryn (Beth) Kautzman, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Cindy Zeller, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Sara Arnold-Garza, Assistant University Librarian
Rick Davis, Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian
What Inclusion Advocates are Saying…
“The Inclusion Advocate training was eye opening for me as a faculty member of Towson
University and as a member and chair of several past faculty search committees. It
drove home the point of how and why we need to do better at advancing our institution’s
mission of fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable campus for all, from students
to employees. With this training, I feel more confident and well-equipped to advocate
for inclusive practices throughout the search committee process.”
“Through the IA program, I gained insight into the key ingredients needed to promote
a respectful and diverse workplace that values and supports the inherent worth and
dignity of each person. I also received valuable insight on the structures and processes
needed for hiring, recruiting, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.”
“Inclusion is an embodied practice not a switch to flip on or a box to check. It is
how we see, hear, taste, smell, feel, which informs how we think.”
Questions? Email Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
at spaynegold AT_TOWSON.
View more information: https://www.towson.edu/provost/initiatives/diversity/inclusion-advocates.html