Gina Sanchez Gibau appointed IUPUI associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion

  • Feb. 17, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Gina Sanchez Gibau as associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion.

Gibau has served as associate dean for student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI since 2011. She will begin her new position in April.

As associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion, Gibau will provide leadership and vision for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, particularly faculty of color, as well as the diversification of the graduate student pipeline into the academy. She will also support leadership development and networking among underrepresented faculty and engage in research and scholarly activity related to faculty diversity and inclusion.

"As an urban campus with a diverse student body, we must consistently strive to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture," Johnson said. "The creation of this position speaks to the importance of this work to faculty affairs at IUPUI. Recruiting -- but also retaining and advancing -- diverse faculty is an important goal in our campus diversity plan, and this position will help provide strategic leadership for this work. I'm delighted that Gina is taking on this role, which builds on her impressive 16 years of scholarship and service to the campus community."

As associate dean for student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts, Gibau managed recruitment, orientation and retention, academic advising, career development, scholarships, and commencement and graduation processes for the school, which has more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

She expanded student services and coordinated the implementation of a new centralized advising system in the school. She also developed and implemented -- with Karen Bravo, professor of law and associate dean for international affairs at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law -- the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 faculty and staff leadership-development program for women and underrepresented minorities, sponsored in part by the Office of Academic Affairs and managed by the Office for Women.

"I believe this role is critical to the continued vitality of the campus," said Gibau, who is also currently an associate professor of anthropology, a senior faculty member in University College and an adjunct faculty member in Africana studies. "For IUPUI to stand poised to welcome a more diverse student population, it is important to cultivate an environment that reflects and enacts its institutional value of diversity. Students need to see more people like themselves in faculty and leadership roles. I am excited for the opportunity to move the campus forward toward these goals."

Gibau arrived at IUPUI in 2000 as an assistant professor of anthropology. During her 16 years on campus, she has served as a co-chair for the campus Foundations of Excellence Transfer Focus self-study, as a member of the IUPUI task force on Latino student recruitment and retention, and as an at-large representative and University College representative on the IUPUI Faculty Council. She was the acting chair for the Department of Anthropology in 2010.

Gibau earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American and Caribbean affairs from Rollins College in 1991; a Master of Arts in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993; and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999.