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Since its inception in 1998, our continuing goals for the Keeping Our Faculty Symposium have been “to share practical experience and scholarly knowledge, then translate that information into programmatic and policy making agendas”. We seek to provide our participants with the best possible experience to meet these goals at the next gathering. Therefore the organizers have decided to schedule the Keeping Our Faculty VIII in the spring of 2019.
We hope you will join us for Keeping Our Faculty Symposium VIII scheduled for March 31 - April 2, 2019,
Graduate Hotel
615 Washington Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis,  MN 55414
Watch this site for more information beginning in early summer of 2018.

Here are some details from the Keeping Our Faculty Symposium VII in 2016:

Banner graphic reads Keeping Our faculty Symposium VII, Recruiting, Retaining, Advancing American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color


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Faculty Diversity Matters: Cultivating Wisdom, Moving to Action 

April 17-19, 2016
Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Keynote Speakers:

Nancy Cantor Nancy Cantor, Chancellor Rutgers University, Newark 

Richard Reddick Richard J. Reddick, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Department of Educational Administration,
College of Education, Assistant Vice President for Research and Policy, University of Texas at Austin

Alicia Dowd Alicia Dowd, Professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University 

Susan Phillips Susan Phillips, former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Downstate, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, University of Albany, SUNY University at Albany State University of New York

& Featuring our symposium founders: Dr. Robert J. Jones, Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo, and Dr. Caroline Turner



Begun in 1998 on the University of Minnesota campus, Keeping Our Faculty is the only national symposium focused on advancing faculty diversity in higher education. Previous symposia have drawn scholars, policymakers, and administrators from over 60 institutions across the country. This 2016 Symposium will offer more of the excellent speakers and presentations you have come to expect.

Registrants received one ticket to the Penumbra Theatre event, The Black Panthers: A Love Story, at no additional charge, while tickets lasted.

Collage of images from 2013 KOF Symposium

Guidebook Mobile App

The Keeping Our Faculty Symposium VII has gone mobile! Attendees can plan their days with a personalized schedule and browse keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and venue maps. The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Windows Phone and Blackberry users can access the same information via the mobile site:

iOS and Android users:

• Download ‘Guidebook‘ from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace

• Scan the following image with your mobile phone’s QR-Code reader

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Social Media: Join the Conversation #KOF2016

We invite you to join the conversation about the symposium by tweeting or posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
The hashtag is #KOF2016.
Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts and join the conference "backchannel" to network with colleagues prior to and during the conference.