Implicit Bias Workshop

Institute Diversity, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development and Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program, is offering Implicit Bias Workshops for faculty this spring. All faculty who serve on reappointment, promotion, and/or tenure committees and faculty search committees are required to participate in an Implicit Bias Workshop pursuant to Provost Bras’ memo in October 2016 to academic leaders. However, all instructional and research faculty are welcomed to attend as space permits. 

The goals of these workshops are to increase awareness of the impact of implicit bias and facilitate equitable decision-making across myriad processes related to faculty evaluations. As a participant in the workshop, you will learn the following:

• An introduction to the concept of implicit bias and how these unconscious, automatic mental processes may impact behaviors such as evaluating candidates during faculty search and/or RPT processes.

• Empirical research on vitaes, letters of recommendations, and teaching evaluations to illustrate the impact of implicit bias on decisions.

• Effective practices and strategies for faculty search and RPT committees.

These workshops will be facilitated by Paul Benkeser, senior associate chair and professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering; Harris Dimitropoulos, associate professor, School of Architecture; Robert Kirkman, associate professor, School of Public Policy; Mark Mitchell, associate director, Georgia Tech Research Institute; and/or Michelle Rinehart, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach, College of Design.

To register for one of the workshops, visit Lunch will be provided.

GTRI research faculty should register for a GTRI Implicit Bias workshop via StarTrak. Please contact Sarah Cockrell ( or 404-407-6349) for assistance.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Student Center, Piedmont Room

For More Information Contact

If you have any questions about the Implicit Bias Workshops, contact Archie Ervin, Ph.D. at

Logistical and registration-related questions should be directed to Tamara Ballou at