Thriving in Academia: A Lecture Series

The Thriving in Academia lecture series is designed support junior faculty members, as they navigate the roadmap of academe at QCC through targeted lectures and mini workshops. The conversations in the series will center the voices of experts in their fields, who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The lectures will focus on academic, personal, and professional goals and will provide tools and advice focusing on the unique experiences of faculty of color, as they progress toward tenure and promotion. The series will feature two speakers per semester, beginning Spring 2021.

The goal of the series is to focus on the retention, recruitment, and satisfaction of underrepresented members of our community by presenting opportunities for growth, support, and mentoring.

Thriving in Academia is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs

Establishing Work/Life Balance on the Tenure Track

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Lecture Featuring Dr. Dwayne Mack

May 7, 2021 1pm - 2pm | Q&A 2pm - 2:30pm

Register for Dr. Mack's Lecture

This event is for QCC Students, Faculty & Staff

Dwayne Mack was born and raised in the Borough of Brooklyn. He graduated from John Dewey High School in 1986. He earned his BA in American History from Methodist University in 1993 and his MA in the same field in 1996. In 2002 he completed his Ph.D. in American and Public history at Washington State University.

Since 2003, Dwayne Mack has taught American and African American history at Berea College. He is a Professor of History and the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American History. Dwayne also serves as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. His scholarship focuses on the Black experience in the West, and the Black Freedom Struggle in Kentucky and the Deep South. His monograph on the Black Spokane explores the intersections of the Cold War and civil rights movement. He has also written about the racial and gendered past of Berea College through the institution’s participation in the movement.

Dwayne has also served as the lead editor of two books on faculty development. These volumes mentor emerging faculty of color from diverse backgrounds and those concerned with diversity, equity and inclusion in academia. His coedited volume on policing Black and Brown and on Violence Against Black Bodies also serve as another example of a broad research agenda related to contemporary social justice issues.

Along with his supportive partner Felicia, they have raised four children in Madison County, Kentucky.

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What’s the FaculTEA?

May 7, 2021 12pm - 12:45pm

Register for FaculTEA Workshop

This event will center the experiences of faculty members of color (BIPOC).

What’s the FaculTea (Tenure-related Enrichment Activity) is an informal conversation hosted by the Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, as a mentoring session for junior faculty of color. Named after the inaugural newsletter, this program allows faculty of color to connect in a mentoring space with both Dr. Smith and visiting colleagues for a short coffee break, “backstage” style.


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Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Ed.D.

Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

One of my charges is to mentor and support junior faculty of color. Please know that I am always available to talk or provide any support you may need. I invite you to schedule a meet and greet session with me (Tuesdays 12-2pm) to share your thoughts and ideas about anything that you deem important, by clicking below.

718 631-6344 | 718 281-5218

Schedule Meeting with Kerri-Ann

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.