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Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development

In his role as Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, Charlton McIlwain advances NYU’s academic excellence by promoting and supporting faculty career advancement, strengthening faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement throughout the faculty life cycle. McIlwain is responsible for developing programs that broaden participation and create pathways, especially for those who aspire to achieve but are underrepresented in today’s faculty, such as the Faculty First Look Program, the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the NYU College & Career Lab. He oversees the Center for Faculty Advancement, the hub for faculty professional activities offered to faculty throughout the University. The center provides programming, resources, and special recognitions and awards that promote faculty research, teaching, mentorship, community engagement, and academic leadership development for NYU faculty, as well as those faculty with whom we collaborate through our Faculty Resource Network. Beyond these specific duties, McIlwain works closely with the Vice Provost’s team and the offices of Research, Work Life, Teaching & Learning with Technology, Office of Academic Appointments, Program & Project Management Services, Human Resources, Office of Equal Opportunity, Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, and others, to ensure that our faculty have access to all of the information and resources to achieve professional success that advances their own careers and the academic goals of NYU.

Dr. McIlwain has been at NYU since 2001. As Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, his scholarly work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. He is the founder of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and the author of the new book, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, by Oxford University Press. He also co-authored the award-winning book, Race Appeal: How Political Candidates Invoke Race In U.S. Political Campaigns. He received his Ph.D. in Communication and a Master's of Human Relations, both from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. in Family Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University.


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Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development