Created to give Black professors a voice and to increase visibility, the Black Faculty Association (BFA) developed as a faculty-led grass roots movement. Spearheaded by #BlackInTheIvory and the tragic death of George Floyd, Black faculty gathered in solidarity asking what steps should we take. From that initial meeting attended by less than fifteen, a decision emerged to engage others in the desire to form the BFA. In a true grass-roots style, the movement grew to include every Black faculty at FIU. With this idea of cohesiveness and unity, the BFA operates in an organizational structure system honoring African leadership styles.
The BFA utilizes a cross-functional organizational structure, or matrix model that keeps flatness as a critical factor. Leaders interact with one another and can influence decisions and actions throughout the organization. The purpose of flatness is to minimize strict hierarchical procedures for communication and decision-making. Members can communicate and bring ideas to leaders without a formal outline to follow.
Specifically, the BFA categorizes and links leadership roles to functioning. In academia there is an emphasis on the traditional components of research, teaching, and service. The BFA includes these established aspects, as well as creating an additional one: professional development and mentoring. Leadership roles in BFA align with these functions. For example, we have a director for research, teaching, service, professional development and mentoring, and an overall director who serves to coordinate the vision and mission.
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BFA Faculty Highlights
Dr. Derrick Glymph, Ph.D., DNAP, CRNA, APRN, COL., USAR, FAANA, FAAN
Dr. Glymph is the Enrollment and Global Initiative Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Graduate Nursing at Florida International University (FIU) where he has dedicated over 10 years of service. Dr. Glymph started his over 20-year career in nursing as a licensed practical nurse and continued to advance in practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Dr. Glymph received his Associate and Bachelor of Sciences degrees from Norfolk State University (1995 and 1997), and his Master of Science and Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University (2004 and 2010). Dr. Glymph recently finished his second Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of South Florida. Dissertation title: “Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) vs. 12-Step Group Therapy: A Comparative Analysis of Adherence and Abstinence in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder.” Dr. Glymph was also a Governor appointed member of the Florida Board of Nursing for 6 years and served as the editor-in-chief of the Florida Nursing Quarterly Journal and currently is on the Editorial committee of three journals: AANA Journal, Current Review for Nurse Anesthetist, and Journal of Nursing Regulation. He was recently appointed to the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetist (NBCRNA) Board of Directors with term to start in 2023 and holds a staff appointment with Memorial Healthcare System. Dr. Glymph served as Chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at FIU and currently teaches in the Department of Graduate Nursing, in the DNP Program. In addition, Dr. Glymph holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and serves as the Deputy Commander of Nursing for the 7456 Medical Operations Readiness Unit. Dr. Glymph’s experiences include Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan along with multiple leadership positions in the military and academia. Dr. Glymph recently developed a micro-credential badge for all healthcare providers on Safe Opioid Prescribing Strategies. Dr. Glymph, also was inducted into the 2021 Inaugural class of Fellow of American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FAANA) and 2021 Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
BFA Director Responsibilities & Duties
Formed and filled Leadership Positions and invited faculty to join program committees: Professional development, service, research and teaching.
Established a social media presence: @FIUBlackFaculty and webpage
Professional Development: Hosted workshops for faculty in collaboration with FIU partners, i.e, AWED, CAT, UFF-FIU, and the Ferre Institute.