Preparing Diverse Students for Success in the Academic and Private Sectors: Updating Structures of the Scholarly Ecosystem

Sponsored by SAGE Publishing

Recorded on 06/30/2021
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 202

Throughout this four-part series, our guests have drilled down into how to support diverse students on their academic journeys. In this final episode, they zoom out to examine longstanding incentive structures built into the scholarly ecosystem. How can faculty, librarians, and publishers dismantle patterns in academia that disadvantage students from diverse backgrounds?

Dr. Pamela Queen of Morgan State University explains why non-tenure and adjunct faculty play an important role in recruiting and encouraging students of color, women, and international scholars. She also details the non-traditional resources—blogs, newspapers, opinion pieces, and other popular media—that she brings into the classroom to spur discussion and supplement traditional scholarly content.

In addition, Dr. Rihana Mason of Georgia State University highlights why inclusive policies introduced during the pandemic—widespread closed captioning, interactive virtual options, global communication—should remain long after the return to campus.

On the publishers side, Miranda Nunhofer and Todd Baldwin of SAGE Publishing reveal workflow changes in academic publishing that support DEI initiatives. In particular, they highlight proposals like examining existing biases in editorial boards, updating terminology, and establishing new guidelines for book editors, authors, and reviewers.

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

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