The EDIT 5: Advice from Faculty to Administrators on Leadership for Inclusive Media Production Programs
This document was created by media faculty for media program chairs and administrators. The motivation for this document builds on faculty research on U.S. higher education media production classrooms conducted for the “EDIT 10: Best Practices for Inclusive Teaching in Media Production.”* With that in mind, EDIT Media compiled the EDIT 5, a list of recommended practices for department chairs and administrators to foster inclusive media production programs that support all faculty, staff, and students. This list builds not only on a literature review of academic research on issues of inclusion for faculty in higher education, but also on focus groups and surveys with current media production faculty and students.
In focus groups with 35 faculty, as well as surveys with 167 faculty and 171 students around the United States, several themes emerged that can only be addressed at the administrative level of production programs. For example, several complications impact production faculty’s ability to teach inclusively or to thrive in their academic careers. For faculty of underrepresented identities in production (women, people of color, people of LGBTQ identities, people with disabilities, etc.), issues of inclusion or marginalization exist that affect their capacity to succeed in the classroom: concerns about career advancement, difficulty navigating campus or departmental culture, and limited access to support systems or resources. For students, too, their need for inclusion extends beyond individual classrooms into larger questions of success: a diverse curriculum, access to learning resources and academic support systems, and opportunities to join and lead student curricular and co-curricular groups.
Like the EDIT 10, the EDIT 5 practices are not a solution, nor are they close to exhaustive. Instead, they provide a framework for chairs and administrators to advance inclusive policies, practices, and support systems in their departments.
We see this as a living document that will change and grow as we continue our research initiative to examine equity and diversity in higher education production programs. We hope the EDIT 5 will encourage rich conversations between faculty, administrators, staff, and students about how best our programs can succeed.