CoFIE Learning and Development Program

If your LAU is interested in a departmental training, email Dr. Millie Rivera, Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-being.

Coaching for Inclusive Excellence (CoFIE) Learning and Development Program

In support of Mason’s broader strategic goals and academic units’ Inclusive Excellence Plans (IEPs), the Coaching for Inclusive Excellence (CoFIE) Learning and Development Program offers strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse faculty. These strategies, applicable across all disciplines and fields of study, are taken from decades of research that have resulted in best practices nationwide.  Below are the courses for the fall of 2022.

To schedule any of the CoFIE synchronous courses for your unit or to register for the Include U asynchronous course, contact Dr. Millie Rivera.

CoFIE, I: Strategies for Diverse Recruitment

Exclusively focuses on providing colleges/schools, LAUs and faculty effective tools and strategies to enhance the diversity of their applicant pools. 

Date Time Zoom link
Monday, September 19  11am-12pm Registration required
Tuesday, October 18 2pm-3pm Registration required

 

CoFIE, II: Strategies for Diverse Hiring 

Based on University of Michigan’s STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence), this course focuses on how to write a non-biased job announcement, review applications, shortlist applicants, interview initial shortlisted candidates, plan/manage the campus visit, and final review of candidates who go through campus interview process. It also presents research about implicit bias and mitigating its effects. 

Date Time Zoom link
Wednesday, September 21  9am-10:30am Registration required
Thursday, October 20 9am-10:30am Registration required  

 

CoFIE, III: Equitable Evaluation of RPT Dossiers 

Based on University of Michigan’s STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence), this course focuses on how certain criteria effectively exclude certain faculty; the role of schemas and implicit bias in the review of a candidate’s performance; and bias in a variety of domains (e.g., the grants application process, student evaluations, evaluation letters). The program addresses how the accumulation of these issues creates advantages and disadvantages among certain groups of faculty. Finally, it presents research on how parental or other types of leave can negatively impact the evaluation of faculty members. 

Date Time Zoom link
Friday, September 23  12pm-1:30pm Registration required
Wednesday, October 26 9am-10:30am Registration required

 

CoFIE IV: Include U Bystander Intervention in the Academic Workplace course

Include U is an online, self-paced course that provides bystander bias training support. The goal of Include U is to increase awareness of how bias affects the academic workplace and the various ways we can intervene when we see bias incidents occurring. Through three modules, the course explores four settings: Search Committees, Faculty Meetings, Faculty Peer Evaluations (P&T) and Casual Interactions. The course was created by faculty for faculty and is offered via BlackBoard. To register, email Amy Ayres.