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March 14 Provost’s Lecture: A Dialogue on Diversity

Patricia Matthew—Diversity, Faculty Retention, and Institutional Practices: A Dialogue 

Patricia Matthew

Patricia A. Matthew, Associate Professor of English at Montclair State University, is the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). She has given lectures on Written/Unwritten at various colleges and universities and she has published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. Her work on faculty diversity has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a specialist in the history of the novel and British abolitionist literature and has published articles on these subjects in European Romantic Review, Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. Her essays on race, popular culture, and British literature have been published in Lapham’s Quarterly and The Atlantic. She is currently writing a book on sugar, gender, and political protests in nineteenth-century England.

Abstract: Based on Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure and discussions Dr. Matthew has had with faculty and administrators from around the country, this lecture and dialogue will focus on three interlocking questions. How useful is the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion in this moment when terms like “diversity” are almost meaningless? What does productive allyship between white academics and faculty of color look like at the departmental and administrative level? How can personnel processes be restructured at a time when institutions need and seek the expertise and perspective of faculty of color in response to national conversations and debates?

This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 4:30 pm in Humanities 1006.

Co-Sponsors:Concerned Women of College of Arts and Sciences; Center for the Study of Inequality, Social Justice and Policy; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; Department of Sociology; Department of History;  Humanities Institute

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