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In The Margins

Dec 15, 2022

The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) is a consortium based at New York University (NYU) that has been widely acclaimed for its unique and successful approach to providing professional development opportunities to faculty members at its domestic and international partner institutions, the majority of which are minority-serving.


While moderating a session at the network’s most recent convening, Diverse host Dr. Jamal Watson conducted interviews with key FRN stakeholders.


Tune in as organizers and participants of FRN discuss their individual roles and the significance of this dynamic program.



Autumn Bush — FRN Program Manager (NYU)

Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo — Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science, North Central College

Dr. De Angela L. Duff — Industry Professor in Integrated Design & Media and an Associate Vice Provost, NYU

Dr. Eartha Lee Johnson — Dean of Faculty and Student Academic Services at Dillard University

Dr. Charlton McIlwain — NYU Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development

Amit Mrig — President, Academic Impressions

Dr. Cirecie A. West-Olatunji — Director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit, Xavier University of Louisiana



- What is the FRN?

- The evolution of the FRN in the last decade.

- Why the FRN is beneficial to institutions.

- How did COVID affect the FRN?

- Strategies, vision, and the future of the FRN.



“The reality is most of our institutions don't invest or fund or have the resources to provide the necessary development for faculty that we probably should be doing.”

“In innovative research and new curriculum, we want to know what's happening on the ground so we can share the wealth with other institutions. And I think the FRN is a hub for that type of collaboration.”



A Private Institution Fulfilling a Public Obligation

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