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Keeping Our Faculty Symposium

March 3-4, 2022 | Virtual 

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Mark your calendars for the 2022 Keeping Our Faculty (KOF) Symposium addressing one of the most critical challenges facing higher education – the recruitment, development, and retention of Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty. Keeping Our Faculty is one of the first national meetings focused on advancing faculty diversity in higher education.  

The COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. racial justice crisis have further amplified higher education's challenges related to faculty diversity. Therefore, in addition to topics historically related to keeping faculty of color and American Indian faculty, our theme for this year is Navigating Two Pandemics. Programming and presentations will address topics and issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased awareness of the racial disparities and biases that challenge efforts to keep our faculty of color and Indigenous faculty.

The 2022 KOF Symposium will feature a keynote presentation and conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, along with a Presidents’ Panel, networking events, and other acclaimed speakers. 

The 2022 Keeping Our Faculty Symposium will be held virtually from March 3-4, 2022. 

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The KOF Symposium is presented by the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA).


Keeping Our Faculty Call for Presentations

The 2022 Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium is now accepting proposals for presentation abstracts

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: January 24, 2022
  • Acceptances announced: February 7, 2022

Presentation Formats

KOF 2022 will offer a variety of presentation formats, including paper presentations (15-20 minutes), posters, and panels (75 minutes).

Abstracts for the following types of Symposium presentations are submitted for review: 

Paper Presentations (Individual)
These are individual paper presentations on topics, including research and program development, related to the Symposium theme of “Navigating Two Pandemics.” Each presentation will run from 15-20 minutes. It is possible that upon review, individual submissions may be grouped together by Symposium organizers to form panels consisting of 3-4 individual papers that address common themes whose organization can benefit Symposium participants. Abstracts of up to 1000 words should include the presentation title and how the presentation relates to the Symposium theme and to the issues outlined--recruitment, advancement, and retention of Indigenous faculty and faculty of color. Additionally, questions, findings, and strategies based on research and/or program development should be briefly discussed. 

Panel Presentations (Group)
Panels provide a space for sharing and exchange between presenters who coordinate their submission and who are working on a common or complementary set of problems through research and/or programming. These are 75-minute sessions that will include a group of 3 or more presenters. We encourage panel submissions representing multiple institutions and/or disciplines. The number of panel presentation sessions is limited. Abstracts of up to 1000 words describing the group concept will include the panel title and how the panel relates to the Symposium theme and to the issues outlined--recruitment, advancement, and retention of Indigenous faculty and faculty of color. Brief descriptions (150-200 words) of the individual presentations included must also be provided. 

Poster Presentations (Individual)
Posters feature visual representations of presenter work and provide opportunities for Symposium participants to engage informally with the work. Posters will be featured on the virtual platform for participants to access throughout the Symposium. Abstracts of up to 500 words describing the poster and its goals will be reviewed. 

Submission Instructions

Authors must submit an electronic copy of their 2-page proposal. See the KOF submission template for formatting guidelines.

Proposals should include:

  • The overall focus of the presentation/poster/panel
  • The major issues to be addressed
  • Significance of the contributions
  • Brief description of the presentation
  • For Panels – How the collective presentations/voices contribute toward the major issues

We encourage panel submissions representing multiple institutions and/or disciplines.

Please submit your proposal via this website; you will be asked for the following information:

  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Format
  • Authors (name, institution, email address)
  • Abstract
  • Proposal Document Upload

The local planning committee will review the proposals and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their presentation by February 7, 2022. Accepted proposals will be made available in the KOF Symposium Program.