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BFA Director: Isaac Burt

Director of Research: Hesham Ali

Director of Service: Maria Reid

Director of Teaching: Agatha Caraballo

Director of Professional Development and Mentoring: Donna "Aza" Weir-Soley

Standard Operating Procedures

  • Expected Responsibilities and Duties of the BFA Director
    (1), Overall director and serves as a liaison between FIU administration and BFA constituents
    (2). Coordinates and facilitates meetings
    (3). Assists in guiding the vision and mission of the BFA
    (4). Serves as spokesperson for the BFA
    (5). Settles disputes
    (6). Help provide leadership in the form of training, mentoring, advocacy movements
    (7). Helps coordinates BFA-related events (i.e., awards ceremony)
    (8). Provides written documents such as BFA statements
    (9). Collaborates with all BFA Directors
    (10). Helps to develop innovative strategies to increase presence and visibility of BFA
    (11). Be available to stand in for any of the other directors as requested/needed
    (12). Attend all meetings and communicate to BFA updates during those meetings
  • Expected Responsibilities and Duties of the Director of Research
    (1). Create repository highlighting faculty’s research interests and intellectual pursuits
    (2). Develop, implement, and facilitate research writing teams
    (3). Identify cross-discipline connections and link those faculty together
    (4). Liaison between BFA and other FIU offices (i.e., Office of Research and Economic Development/ORED)
    (5). Help create programs to expand faculty’s research and grant networks
    (6). Construct and sustain a system indicating faculty’s grant submissions and approvals
    (7). Maintain database of grant foundations receptive toward Black scholarly work
    (8). Maintain database of academic journals receptive towards Black scholarly work
    (9). Create research and grant infrastructure for faculty
    (10). Connect students (undergraduate/graduate) to faculty with similar research interests  
    (11). Be available to stand in for any of the other directors as requested/needed
    (12). Attend all meetings and communicate to BFA updates during those meetings
  • Expected Responsibilities and Duties of the Director of Service
    (1). Assess the climate, expectations, and needs of service assignments in various colleges, schools, and departments across the university that impact Black Faculty (i.e., selection committees)
    (2). Develop and maintain systems of accountability
    (3). Be a liaison with FIU offices (e.g., Office of Faculty Leadership and Success) to promote equity and diversity in faculty service assignments
    (4). Provide recommendations to diversity representatives in the various colleges and departments
    (5). Be a liaison and support mechanism between the BFA and administration (Deans and Chairs) to disseminate information and recommendations
    (6). Create and maintain a database of service awards and honors available for BFA members
    (7). Support faculty in award applications
    (8). Partner with FIU administrators and offices to ensure awardees and nominees receive broadcasting within the university community
    (9). In conjunction with the Director of Outreach and partnerships, create partnerships with representatives in the community and other minority institutions (i.e. HBCUs) within the state of Florida to provide community and professional opportunities for BFA members
    (10). Inform BFA committee of updates at scheduled meetings
    (11). Be available to stand in for any of the other directors as requested/needed
    (12). Attend all meetings and communicate to BFA updates during those meetings
  • Expected Responsibilities and Duties of the Director of Teaching
    (1). Assess the climate, expectations, and needs of teaching assignments in various colleges schools, and departments
    (2). Communicate with department heads and faculty to disseminate information, opportunities, and recommendations of the BFA
    (3). Advocate for advancement and training in multiple modalities: F2F, online, remote, and hybrid in collaboration with CAT, FIU Online, etc.
    (4). Promote equity and diversity in faculty course assignments by consulting with department heads, for alignment with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable university and school policies
    (5). Support adjunct and contingent faculty by providing opportunities for professional development and mentoring with full-time faculty
    (6). Facilitate the recruitment and hiring of underrepresented populations into teaching positions at all levels
    (7). Be a liaison between the BFA and FIU offices (e.g., Center for the Advancement of Teaching)
    (8). Provide faculty with tips, strategies, and methods on teaching
    (9). Inform faculty and administration on how racial biases impact teaching evaluations
    (10). Facilitate workshops for doctoral students interested in teaching
    (11). Be available to stand in for any of the other directors as requested/needed
    (12). Attend all meetings and communicate to BFA updates during those meetings
  • Expected Responsibilities and Duties of the Director of Professional Development and Mentoring
    (1). Monitor and evaluate membership for growth and stability
    (2). Report on positive and negative fluctuations in membership
    (3). Keep record of undergraduate and graduate students associated with the BFA
    (4). Create strategic initiatives to grow BFA membership
    (5). Create strategic initiatives to develop professional development (i.e., seminars, workshops)
    (6). Provide direction for mentoring undergraduate/graduate students, and faculty members
    (7). Work in coordination with other FIU organizations (i.e., Office for Faculty Success; Office
    to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity)  
    (8). Help in creating pipelines for faculty leadership at FIU
    (9). Maintain repository on universities that offer incentives for graduate students and/or are
    established as first-choice destinations for Black faculty  
    (10). Actively promote the BFA and recruit members (faculty)
    (11). Be available to stand in for any of the other directors as requested/needed
    (12). Attend all meetings and communicate to BFA updates during those meetings
  • Removal or Stepping Down of Directors

    If a director cannot perform the duties and responsibilities,

    (1). The director may:

    a. Voluntarily step down from the position

    b. Request a temporary replacement for a specific period (1 or 2 semesters)

    c. Be removed by a majority vote of all members (or majority vote of directors)


    (2). Another member may call for the director to be replaced temporarily for a set time period or permanently

    d. A call for a second will be made

    e. If seconded, then objections will be requested

    f. If no objections, motion will carry

    If the above occurs, a request will be made to members at the next meeting (or emergency meeting) and all the above steps will be taken.