The Office of Academic Inclusion
About the Position
In 2015, student-led protests across the country and at KU brought renewed attention to the diversity that exists in higher education and the importance of equitable and inclusive practices across all aspects of campus life. Recognizing academics as a central part of our university’s mission, KU’s Student Senate allocated funds expressly to support student learning and success. These funds are what make the Director of Academic Inclusion possible.
The Director of Academic Inclusion is a tenured faculty person with extensive instructional experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director reports to the Vice Provost of Diversity and Equity and advances the objectives of this Office by:
• Helping students navigate specific classroom and academic concerns,
• Providing targeted support and instructional consultation to graduate teaching assistants, lecturers, and faculty members,
• Leading diversity-related training and professional development in conjunction with other campus offices, and
• Evaluating the effectiveness of existing campus efforts and identifying areas of continued need.
The Director of Academic Inclusion is available to assist in a highly responsive and flexible manner—working with students and instructors one-on-one or in small groups, as well as by request for informal consultation or as university procedures have indicated that remediation is necessary. Please feel free to contact the Director of Academic Inclusion, Professor Jennifer Ng, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 785-864-9660.
About Jennifer Ng
Jennifer came to KU in 2004 and is an associate professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her research and teaching focus on how the social contexts of schooling affect educators’ work, especially with race, class, culture and other forms of diversity as primary features. Her service contributions have complemented her scholarly interests. In 2015, she was appointed by then-Interim Provost Sara Rosen to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group. She co-founded KU’s Asian and Asian-American Faculty and Staff Council. She also served as a faculty fellow in the Office of Faculty Development from 2016-2018 and is a current member of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Ng is a distinguished teacher and received the School of Education’s Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009, the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in 2011, and the Dr. Bob Frederick Educator Award in 2016. She was awarded a Keeler Intra-University Professorship in 2010 and selected to be part of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2015. Her other honors include the Steeples Service to Kansans Award in 2017 and School of Education Faculty Achievement Award for Service in 2018.
Ng completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Iowa and her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her career in higher education, she taught middle school English in Houston.