Checking in with Dr. Scott Bowman
Yvonne Rhodes | February 7, 2019
Facilitating a diverse learning environment and inclusivity
In July 2018, Dr. Scott Bowman was appointed Texas State University’s special assistant to the provost for inclusion and diversity. The position was created by Provost Dr. Eugene Bourgeois with several goals in mind: develop programs that facilitate an inclusive academic climate, promote the recruitment and advancement of all faculty, and ensure fairness in policies and practices that affect faculty.
Through collaboration with Faculty Development, Faculty and Academic Resources, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and other groups across campus, Dr. Bowman has made progress on his mission.
He shared several updates about his ongoing work:
- “I have spoken to numerous significant groups and departments on campus in the past six months about the importance of diversity and inclusion for the future success of the university,” said Dr. Bowman, “including the Council of Academic Deans, Council of Chairs, and Faculty Senate.”
- “Through both Faculty Development and Professional Development, there have been multiple trainings for faculty and staff on diverse and inclusive hiring practices.”
- “I am in the process of developing a faculty hiring toolkit that will be housed online that faculty will be able to use in order to help facilitate future hiring.”
- “I have worked alongside Chief Diversity Officer Ameerah McBride to participate in specific recruitment efforts to further diversify the faculty on campus.”
- “There have been several, department-level presentations and dialogues on diverse, inclusive hiring for their specific faculty employment searches."
Dr. Bowman joined the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State in 2006, began as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2007, and earned tenure and promotion in 2013. Dr. Bowman has held several positions on campus including faculty senator for the College of Applied Arts (2015-2018), coordinator of the master of science in criminal justice degree program, and co-chair for the annual Qualitative Research Conference.
He is a regular participant in programs, activities, and dialogues on diversity, inclusion, and social justice at Texas State, including programs of the School of Criminal Justice, the Department of Philosophy, Alkek Library, the College of Education, and division of Student Affairs. He regularly serves as a facilitator for the annual Equality University program, facilitated the diversity and inclusion training for the University Police Department, and routinely presents at the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute. Dr. Bowman assisted in developing and presenting a faculty development program on diversity and inclusion in hiring and teaching entitled, “Fostering a Campus of Inclusion and Respect,” and served as co-presenter for the “Diversity and Inclusion: Campus and Class” session of the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship program for first-year faculty.
Want to learn more about Dr. Bowman? Click here to read a Q&A with Dr. Bowman and Ms. Ameerah McBride.