The College of Education is committed to supporting the value of diversity and inclusivity among its students, faculty, and staff, and in the learning experiences, scholarship, and community engagement taking place at all levels, including ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, social class, ability and age. We believe the quality of teaching and human services is enriched by differences in perspectives shaped by diversity. One of the important goals of achieving diversity in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University and in our society is to provide support and empathy for all groups that have historically been discriminated against, excluded or marginalized in our schools, our institutions and in our society. The College of Education is committed to fostering student and faculty experiences, community relationships, curricula and governance accountability essential to creating an inclusive environment for all. The College of Education prepares teachers and human service providers to work with culturally diverse learners and clients and to foster a climate of respect and open dialogue among students and faculty of all ethnicities and orientations.
The College of Education Diversity Committee serves as an advisory body to the Dean and the faculty of the College of Education on matters pertaining to the building and effective maintenance of programming, recruitment and organizational climate hospitable to equity in the context of diversity and inclusion. The committee supports the commitment of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University to preparing professionals for effective participation in diverse professional and civic environments and recognizes the value of diversity among administrators, faculty, staff and students in fulfilling this goal.
The committee is composed of members from each of the College of Education’s academic departments and the Office for Academic and Student Services, and from the undergraduate and graduate student body. The committee members act as liaisons with their Departments to ensure that committee recommendations are considered in the development of Department diversity plans and curricular offerings. The chair of this committee is elected bi-annually by the committee members. The chairperson of the committee shall be a College representative to the University Diversity Council. To the extent possible, the committee shall be composed of members who represent diversity in terms of experiential and/or demographic background, and campus location (e.g. Jupiter, Davie, Boca).
The committee is charged with:
|Traci Baxley||Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry|
|Dilys Schoorman||Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry|
|Hani Zainuddin||Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry|
|Maysaa Barakat||Educational Leadership & Research Methodology|
|John Hardman||Educational Leadership & Research Methodology|
|Amanda Cuevas||Educational Leadership & Research Methodology, Appreciative Education|
|Joe Waters||Office for Academic and Student Affairs|
|Melissa Mariani||Counselor Education|
|Carol Tessel||Communication Sciences and Disorders|
|Rina Bousalis||Teaching & Learning|
|Charles Dukes||Exceptional Student Education|
|Michael Zourdos||Exercise Science & Health Promotion|
|Laura Cushing||Accreditation and Assessment|
|Eliah Watlington||Associate Provost, Jupiter Campus|
|Patty Kirsch||Accreditation and Assessment|
|Barbara Ridener||Teaching & Learning|
|Bob Shockley||Educational Leadership & Research Methodology|
The COE Diversity Committee has identified competence in the skill of academic writing as a strong predictor of student success. The Committee has also found that undergraduate and graduate students from traditionally underserved populations have the greatest need for support in areas of foundational writing skills in both content and style. That said, research has also found that close to 60% of students nationwide fall short of academic writing excellence.
FAU offers several options for faculty and students to receive academic writing support, both in-person and online. For more information on these programs and available schedules, see:
A compilation of research and scholarly publications that focus on diversity-related themes, selected by the committee through an open invitation and screening process.
Include full citation and permanent link if possible.
Include full title, and can include pdf versions of unpublished research.
A collection of learning resources freely available to all faculty, staff, and students intended to provide education and training in topics related to cultural sensitivity, bias reduction, culturally responsive pedagogy, critical race theory.