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Academic Affairs Director of Faculty Diversity & Retention

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I am Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key, the newly appointed Academic Affairs Director for Faculty Diversity and Retention. I am excited to welcome you to our campus and share my vision with you. As an associate professor in the counseling and human services department, I have experienced the tenure process and participated in the hiring and mentoring of countless faculty. I enjoy working with faculty and believe there is so much strength in a diverse faculty body. In this role, my focus is on the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and fostering inclusive excellence on campus through strategic initiatives, collaboration with college level diversity committees and focused workshops designed to build an inclusive campus environment that values all voices, experiences and cultures.

If you are new to our page and interested in joining our wonderful faculty, please see our position announcements on our home page or contact us at facultydiversity@odu.edu. If you are a member of our community, we need your support in making sure our campus is striving towards inclusive excellence by meeting the needs of all faculty members and providing a space for everyone to have a voice. Please consider joining us at faculty focused events to share your expertise. Share your insight on best practices for recruiting faculty in your field. Together we can really make a difference.

In addition, we love to highlight our faculty. If you are in the community working with diverse populations, receiving awards, obtaining a grant or publishing ground breaking research please send us your information, pictures and articles so we can highlight you. Send all correspondence to facultydiversity@odu.edu.