Faculty Speaker Series
2013-2014 Faculty Speaker Series
Brenda J. Allen
Communicating Difference Matters at Kent State University
Monday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m.
305 Main Hall
Brenda J. Allen is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, and a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and computer-mediated communication. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (2nd Ed., 2011, Waveland Press). She serves as Master Mentor of the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program at University of Colorado, Denver. In addition, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops for various groups on a range of topics, including diversity, teamwork, self-empowerment, and presentational speaking.
The newly formed Speakers Committee is accepting proposals for the new faculty speaker series focused on faculty research and teaching interests. The committee hopes to bring one speaker to campus in the fall and one in the spring.
2012-2013 Budget: $5,000
Ideal speakers will have interdisciplinary appeal and may be willing to visit classrooms for informal conversations, as well as give a more formal talk open to the campus community.
Before submitting a proposal, please do the following:
- Contact the proposed speaker to ensure availability and to determine what the speaker's fees and other expenses would be involved in bringing the speaker to campus.
- Contact other faculty members whose research or teaching interests might also be related to the speaker's field of experience. Proposals that can demonstrate broad faculty support will be given preference.
- Determine what other funding sources might be available to help support the speaker's visit to campus (such as URC), especially if you wish to bring in a speaker beyond our local area.
- Be prepared to write a rationale for bringing this speaker to campus that includes:
- an overview of the person's work
- the value for our faculty and potentially our students
- demonstrated interest and support from other faculty
- the type of talk/presentation/class visits that you envision
- Be prepared to help host the speaker and lend a hand with arrangements.