Emory Faculty Impact Forum

Provost Dwight A. McBride

Connection, Collaboration, and Community

The Emory Faculty Impact Forum convenes a broad group of faculty across schools and disciplines to engage in discussions of big questions and ideas.

The forum series is designed by the Office of the Provost to stimulate interdisciplinary connection, collaboration, and community. By doing so, the series seeks to advance priority areas of cross-disciplinary research reflecting Emory's eminence.

Upcoming Faculty Impact Forum Topics

The April 21, 2020, Faculty Impact Forum, Religion and Public Health, has been cancelled.

Please return to this page for information on rescheduling and future Faculty Impact Forums.

Proposal Process

The Office of the Provost invites proposals for the Emory Faculty Impact Forum series from members of the Emory University faculty.

Members of the Emory University faculty may use the form linked below to submit proposals by the deadlines indicated for the biannual events.

Topics are selected based on a number of considerations that include:

  • Connection with the One Emory: Engaged for Impact strategic framework and one or more of its four pillars
  • Inclusion of panelists from more than one school
  • Appeal to scholars from more than one discipline or area of expertise
  • Relevance and application to the service of humanity, broadly defined

The submission form contains the following fields to be completed using the link below:

  • Forum topic
  • Brief overview of topic, with a short paragraph describing the key questions, areas of scholarly inquiry, and/or scholarly debate to which this topic connects
  • Name, title, department, email, and link to the individual's departmental website page for proposal submitter, program moderator, and each panelist (programs typically have two to four panelists)
  • Audio/visual needs (optional)
  • Additional notes (optional)

Completed proposals remain in active status for one year from the annual submission deadline.

Fall 2020 ForumSpring 2021 Forum
Deadline for ProposalsApril 20, 2020April 20, 2020

Provost Dwight A. McBride hosts the Emory Faculty Impact Forum events, which are planned and managed by Office of the Provost staff.

Forum events are typically held in the evening with a program for faculty attendees that includes:

  • A half-hour reception
  • A one-hour moderated panel discussion on the featured topic, followed by a question-and-answer interval
  • A seated dinner

Previous Forums

November 12, 2019: The Work of Death

This forum brought together Emory faculty involved in projects related to the work of death from different disciplines and perspectives to focus on one common concern—how to understand, conceptualize, and study the sociality of the dead.

  • Fred Smith, Jr. - Associate Professor of Law
  • Daniel LaChance - Associate Professor and Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Law and the Humanities
  • Calvin Warren - Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Mary L. Dudziak - Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law


  • Kylie Smith - Assistant Professor and the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities

Spring 2019: Big Data: Emory's Global Impact

Faculty colleagues examined the definition of "big data" and its current and future role in the education and work of Emory students and scholars.

  • Gari Clifford, Moderator | School of Medicine
  • Clifford Carrubba | Emory College
  • Carlos Del Rio | School of Public Health
  • Martha Rogers | School of Nursing
  • Lance Waller | School of Public Health

Fall 2018: The Global South

Faculty colleagues shared how the concept of "the global south" has been instrumental to their scholarship and research.

  • Ellen Ott Marshall, Moderator | School of Theology
  • Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im | School of Law
  • Subha Xavier | Emory College
  • Jeffrey Lesser | Emory College