Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program
The Provost’s Visiting Scholars Program brings to Georgia State University promising and leading faculty from underrepresented minority groups for short-term visits. This program serves a two-fold purpose: these visiting scholars will enrich the intellectual life of the campus at the department level and above, and they will be positioned to communicate Georgia State University’s strengths to potential future faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In this way, the program will enhance ongoing faculty recruitment efforts. Georgia State welcomed the inaugural class of Provost’s Visiting Scholars during the first half of 2018.
Advancement of Women (AofW) Initiative
The AofW initiative supports the advancement of women faculty, administrators, and staff in academic and administrative leadership positions within the university. Run through the Office of Faculty Affairs, the AofW offers a variety of development, mentoring, and networking opportunities to support women faculty, staff, and administrators in their professional growth and advancement. Programs include the Executive Leadership Academy (ELAW) as well as the Women Inspire lecture series.
Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA)
The Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA) is part of Georgia State’s strategic plan to strengthen graduate and professional programs to develop the next generation of researchers and societal leaders. Founded in 2017 by the Office of Graduate Programs, CASA seeks to address the issue of diversity in pathways through graduate or professional education, which is often necessary to gain leadership roles throughout society – including academia, medicine, law, and other professions. CASA seeks to identify and encourage promising students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue graduate or professional education. The center’s work includes research into a potential analytics-based Early Identification System to identify promising students, and also includes programming such as professional development workshops, support for standardized tests used for graduate admissions, assistance in developing strong applications to advanced degree programs, alumni panels, workspaces, and walk-in hours to ask questions and gain advice from faculty and staff.
Women Lead provides undergraduate students access to faculty, research, community partners, leadership skills, networking and strategic career development to encourage them to strive for top leadership positions across various sectors. Beginning in their sophomore year and following them through graduation and beyond, the program engages young women through learning in the classroom, developing mentoring relationships, and organizing and leading programs on campus.