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2017-2018 Faculty Fellow 

Dr. Hossein Saiedian has been selected as the 2017-2018 D&E faculty fellow. Dr. Saiedian is a professor, associate chair, and director of IT degree programs in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas. He has served on University and Faculty Senate and as a Senior Administrative Fellow. As the D&E faculty fellow, he will also serve on the Diversity Leadership Council Workgroup and Faculty Advisory Council, both sponsored by D&E. A strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Saiedian hopes to develop and implement a project to increase diversity in information technology and computing. He will use this project as a model to collaborate with other faculty in order to bring more underrepresented students to KU. 

D&E Faculty Fellow Program Overview

The D&E Faculty Fellow program has two key goals:

  • To develop and implement strategies that improve the advancement and success of minoritized students, faculty, and staff across KU units and departments;
  • To serve as a professional development opportunity for the Faculty Fellow

The position is open to any tenured KU faculty member on the Lawrence Campus. The Fellow’s responsibilities are based on the Fellow’s background, interests, and experiences, as well as the Office’s specific needs.The primary focus of the Fellow’s position will be to develop and implement a project related to diversifying KU’s students, faculty, and staff. 
The office is interested in pursuing an initiative that would lead to the development of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Collaboration/Lab (see example at University of Wisconsin):

  • Mobilizing faculty and staff to develop a mission and goals that are aimed at developing, conducting, and promoting research that addresses the educational success and disparities impacting underrepresented and historically marginalized groups at KU. 
  • Advancing the success of faculty and staff to encourage individuals to identify collaborative workgroups around diversity, equity, and inclusion projects. This would ideally lead to securing grant funding, implementing interventions, producing publications, and disseminating     information that supports researchers and practitioners. 
  • Defining the institutional support and partnerships (Research Centers and Institutes) that are needed to develop and sustain a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Collaboration/Lab. 
  • Promoting the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and graduate students through collaboration and partnerships with individuals across campus, regionally, and nationally.