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Dec. 6, 1996

Four new faculty diversity positions to be created

by Linda Charles
Four new faculty will be hired to teach courses that meet the new undergraduate diversity requirements.

Provost John Kozak recently announced that four positions will be created in the colleges of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Colleges were invited to submit proposals for the new positions.

The diversity requirements, which go into effect in 1997, were approved by the Faculty Senate last year. Students must earn three credits in course work that addresses human diversity within U.S. society and three credits in course work that provides an international context for the analysis of world conditions.

Kozak said the new positions will enable departments to recruit faculty who have expertise in multicultural and internationalization areas. Faculty will be hired as tenure- track assistant professors.

Following is a description of the new positions:

This will be a joint appointment in the design studies program and one of the college's four departments. The college will seek a cultural historian to teach a design history course and new courses on issues pertaining to diverse cultures; implications of culture on built environments and designed objects; and the practice of design in a diverse world.

Family and Consumer Sciences
The position will be in the department of human development and family studies. The faculty member will teach an intro- ductory course on multi-ethnic and cross-cultural issues in families and individuals and study diverse aspects of families and individuals within those families.

Liberal Arts and Sciences
Two positions will be created: a joint position in the anthropology department and American Indian studies and one in the English department. The anthropology faculty member will teach two courses on Native American cultures and, occasionally, an introductory course in anthropology. The faculty member also will be an expert in Native American cultures and conduct research and outreach. The English department faculty member will teach courses in Latino/a studies, literature and other areas such as women's, religious, African American and American Indian studies.

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