Faculty Equity Advocates Program

About the FEA Program

We seek faculty with tenure (including emeriti) interested in serving as inaugural Faculty Equity Advocates (FEAs) on our campus. FEAs will work towards improving both recruitment and retention of faculty on our campus. The program will be implemented at UC Santa Cruz in Fall 2022 and will involve 10 faculty members, 2 per each of 5 divisions (in each division: one FEA will work on recruitment and the other on climate and retention). One FEA per division will focus on running hiring trainings and working with Deans, department chairs, search committees, and the VPAA on best practices for equitable hiring. One FEA per division will focus on creating informational resources and practices, and building community to promote faculty retention and success. In addition, FEAs will develop and implement assessments of the FEA program. FEAs will also develop blueprints for future FEA responsibilities, including creating rubrics to more equitably assess contributions to teaching, research, service, and diversity, designing and analyzing faculty surveys on recruitment and retention, and creating and conducting exit interviews. FEAs will serve in two-year appointments and will be compensated with one course release per year. Training will be provided. 

Application Process

Applications closed on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 5pm.


If you have questions about the program, or application process, please reach out to one of the following divisional representatives:

Patty Gallagher - Arts (Theater)
John Jota Leaños -Arts (Film & Digital Media)
Alvaro Cardenas - Engineering (Computer Science & Engineering)
Marcella Gomez - Engineering (Applied Mathematics)
Juan Poblete - Humanities (Literature)
Grace Peña Delgado - Humanities (History)
Needhi Bhalla - Physical & Biological Sciences (Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology)
Kathleen Kay - Physical & Biological Sciences (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
Su-Hua Wang - Social Sciences (Psychology)
Judit Moschkovich - Social Sciences (Education)