How to Make Academic Departments More Inclusive of Faculty with Disabilities

Free Webinar I Thursday, June 30 at 2 PM ET

What We'll Cover 

Individuals with disabilities face challenges during the application process as well as after being hired as faculty members in departments. These departments include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This presentation will share lessons learned in the AccessADVANCE project which can help departments and institutions make faculty positions more inclusive of individuals with disabilities.

Presented By

Sheryl Burgstahler

Sheryl Burgstahler

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs Accessible Technology Services—which includes the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the IT Accessibility Team (ITAT)—at the University of Washington. She directs the AccessADVANCE project which serves to make STEM departments more inclusive of faculty with disabilities. Her latest book is Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit.

Canan Bilen-GreenCanan Bilen-Green

Canan Bilen-Green is the vice provost for Faculty Affairs and Equity and professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her work focuses on areas including faculty policies, recruitment, development, leadership training, promotion and tenure, executive searches, and other issues related to faculty and their concerns. Dr. Bilen-Green also oversees Disability Services, the Equity Office, Faculty and Scholar Immigration, International Student and Study Abroad Services, Multicultural Programs, ADVANCE FORWARD, and the Commission on the Status of Women Faculty. Dr. Bilen-Green serves as the Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and chair of the Senate Coordinating Council and Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee.

Brianna BlaserBrianna Blaser

Brianna Blaser, associate director of AccessADVANCE, is a part of the DO-IT Center at UW where she works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in science and engineering careers. Her work includes direct interventions for students with disabilities and working with faculty, employers, and other stakeholders to create institutional change. Brianna has a PhD in women's studies from UW and a background in broadening participation and career development in science and engineering fields. Before joining DO-IT, she was the project director for the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science Careers Outreach Program.

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This webinar will be hosted on Thursday, June 30th from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET. Convert your time zone.

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