Preparing Diverse Students for Success in the Academic and Private Sectors: Fostering DEI in Publishing and Beyond

Sponsored by SAGE Publishing

Recorded on 06/23/2021
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 200

It’s no secret that the publishing industry is an homogenous field. Issues range from barriers of entry to recruitment strategies to workplace culture. What can scholarly publishers and university presses do to retool outdated, exclusionary practices?

In this third episode, Todd Baldwin and Miranda Nunhofer of SAGE Publishing discuss how to break down the barriers that publishers face in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. They highlight possible strategies, like partnering with universities for outreach programs, expanding the applicant pool via remote work, and investing in academic pipeline programs.

Adding to the discussion, Dr. Pamela Queen, a finance professor at Morgan State University, explains how she implements social issues into her case studies to prepare students for the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed in the boardroom, classroom, and elsewhere. To close out the episode, Dr. Rihana Mason, a research scientist at Georgia State University, reveals the importance of transparency and vulnerability with students—breaking down the challenges of academia can help encourage and empower scholars on their academic journeys.


About the guests:

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Rihana S. Mason, Ph.D
Research Scientist
Urban Child Study Center, Georgia State University

Rihana S. Mason, Ph.D. is a research scientist at the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the UCSC, Dr. Mason served as an Associate Professor in Psychology at Emmanuel College for several years where she helped to expand the undergraduate curriculum in psychology. She is the 2021-2022 President for the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) a member of the Psi Chi Diversity Advisory Committee. She is the co-author of the Lever Press publication, Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate.


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Pamela E. Queen, Ph.D., PMP
Professor of Finance
Morgan State University

Pamela E. Queen, Ph.D., PMP is a finance professor at Morgan State University where she teaches students using Case Methods. She authors business cases about controversial issues to engage students and expand their critical-thinking skills. Prior to joining academia, she managed major IT modernization projects for corporate and government agencies. She serves in the Maryland General Assembly on the Economic Matters Committee. 


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Miranda Nunhofer
Vice President, Research
SAGE Publishing

Joining SAGE Publishing in London in 1995, Miranda has worked in journals publishing for over 25years. Her career has included work within a variety of roles within the editorial department, including as a Commissioning Editor for Criminology books and journals. As Vice President for Research, Miranda has overall responsibility for the growth and development strategy for a big portfolio of social science, humanities and STM titles.


Todd Baldwin
Vice President, Library Editorial & DC Executive Lead
SAGE Publishing


Enjoy the conversation? Check out the first two episodes of the series:


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