Kia Lilly Caldwell, professor of African, African-American and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, has been appointed vice-president of faculty affairs and diversity at the University of Washington in St. Louis, announced Beverly Wendland, president and executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs.
Caldwell, whose appointment is effective July 1, succeeds Adrienne D. Davis, William M. Van Cleve law professor, who resigned May 31 after 10 years as the university’s first vice-chancellor for business faculty and diversity.
A sociocultural anthropologist, Caldwell will also join the Department of African and African American Studies as a Professor and the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, Caldwell worked with the Provost’s Office to oversee faculty mentorship programs in departments and schools. She is co-principal investigator of TEAM ADVANCE, a nearly $ 1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant focused on mentoring female STEM teachers, especially women of color. In her role in the Provost’s Office, she has partnered with Deans and Departments to strengthen faculty initiatives for units at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Caldwell, whose academic leadership background includes faculty development as well as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, served as Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives at the College of Arts and Sciences. A C.
“Kia has a history of demonstrated leadership in faculty development and diversity, equity and inclusion. At UNC, his efforts have produced real, tangible breakthroughs for faculty in all disciplines, from STEM to the humanities. Kia is passionate about allowing teachers of all backgrounds to thrive, ”said Wendland.
“I look forward to having the opportunity to not only learn from her accomplishments at UNC, but also to collaborate with her to create an environment in which our faculty thrives,” added Wendland. “I am delighted to welcome her to WashU, and can’t wait for our faculty to start working with her.”
“I am delighted to join WashU and to work with campus partners to advance faculty development, support and success,” Caldwell said. “This position offers a unique opportunity to combine my expertise and my passions related to faculty affairs, equity and inclusion. I look forward to continuing the excellent and exemplary work that Professor Adrienne Davis and others have done at the university. “
Caldwell joined the Department of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies at UNC in 2005 after holding positions in the California State University system.
Her research focuses on race, gender, black feminism, health policy, and HIV / AIDS in Brazil and the United States. Her current research focuses on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black communities in the United States and Brazil, and how black women have rethought democracy and rights through activism and office through Americas.
She is co-founder and director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program, which provides professional development in African American and Afro-Latin studies for middle and high school teachers in North Carolina.
Caldwell, who is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, is the author of two books, co-editor of two anthologies, and has written over 30 scientific articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, “Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy,” examines the impact of institutional and structural factors on gender equity and racial health in Brazil.
She has received grants and scholarships from the Ford, Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations, the NSF, and the American Psychological Association.
Caldwell, who has collaborated on multinational projects focused on gender and citizenship and black women’s health in Brazil and the United States, was recently elected to the Association’s executive committee / board of directors for the study. of the African diaspora in the world.
Among her services at UNC, she was the lead organizer of a symposium on “Black Women in the Academy” and she is an educational advisor for the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association. She was a member of the UNC Academic Leadership Program and participated in the BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program for Women.
Caldwell received a BA in Spanish Literature and Civilization and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from Princeton University in 1992. She received an MA in Latin American Studies in 1994 and a PhD in Social Anthropology in 1999, both from the University of Texas at Austin. .