Archive for Friday, June 21, 2013

KU interviewing candidates for top diversity job

June 21, 2013


Two finalists to be Kansas University’s new diversity chief visited campus this week, with two more to follow next week.

Sheying Chen, a professor of public policy and administration and a former administrator at Pace University in New York, appeared on campus for a public presentation Monday. Robert Pratt, a professor of history at the University of Georgia, followed with an appearance on campus Thursday.

They’re vying to be KU’s vice provost for diversity and equity. The new leader will replace Fred Rodriguez, who is retiring this month. Rodriguez was the first to serve in the position, which was created in 2011.

Two more finalists will visit campus next week, and KU will announce their names shortly before their appearances. More information about the candidates and their visits is available at


Robert Rauktis 5 years ago

"or maybe it’s when a teacher tells you to cover up."

If you've ever been in front of a classroom, you'd find that many females, certainly not all, like to be the center of attention. And the boys will be more aware of her in provacitive dress than the math equation on the board. So if some parent allows their charge to walk in public like a hooker...fine. It wouldn't fly in my classroom. It's in the same category as chatting or texting. There, unfortunately for concepts of democracy ... I'm in charge. What you do in your own home or on the street is your business. Mine is running a classroom.

KU_cynic 5 years ago

In a time of budget austerity it would be great to consolidate the responsibilities of this position with some of the other vice-assistant-associate-lieutenant-chancellor/provost/poobah positions and achieve some administrative cost savings. Too politically incorrect, I imagine.

At least it might be wise for KU to wait and see what the Supreme Court has to say in the Fisher v. University of Texas case on race-based admissions. If race-based admissions policies are upheld then it would be business as usual for KU. If the Supremes go the other way then it might be wise to hire someone -- maybe on a temporary basis -- with the extraordinary administrative and legal competence likely to be necessary if race-based administrative policies require whole-scale re-examination.

james bush 5 years ago

Agreed...... eradicate the position.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years ago

This is an embarrassing waste of money and provides the legislature with the perfect example of something to point to when they slash our budgets. We can't frivolously throw money around like drunken sailors and then complain when the whip comes down.

In general, there are already way too many highly paid bureaucrats at KU that do nothing useful to the educational mission of the university except have meetings with one another to discuss nonsense that no one else cares about. Weed out some of these duds and lower tuition.

Centerville 5 years ago

"KU’s vice provost for diversity and equity." Surely you jest, because no institution wailing and moaning over having to follow a budget would spend money on such a thing.

Centerville 5 years ago

Or, here's a suggestion: rather than raise tuition, give students a list of Chicadee-Checkoff-type options, like "Check here if you want to add $5.00 for the Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity Fund ."

Alceste 5 years ago

All this talk about money. Ok, here's the fact about this position's pay level: Last year:

2012 Alfred Rodriguez University of Kansas Vice Provost/Assoc Professor $177,187.53


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