As the initial stage of SJSU’s multi-year effort to renew and broaden its commitment to diversifying the faculty, the 2017-2018 faculty searches will integrate diversity training earlier into the process, from the development of hiring requests and throughout each stage of recruitment. Specifically, the university will provide support to chairs to incorporate different aspects of diversity in their pre-planning for tenure-track hiring requests.
Research has shown that underrepresented students perform better in courses taught by diverse faculty. This is achieved for a variety of reasons, including relevancy of experiences and perspectives in translating conceptual ideas, inclusion in curricular content at macro and micro levels, higher use of interactive pedagogies, role-modeling and approachability.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will soon provide resources and materials to help departments with approved searches weave issues of diversity into each stage of the recruitment process. Training topics will include:
- The current landscape of faculty diversity at SJSU and the connections between faculty diversity and student success;
- Effective strategies for building a diverse applicant pool and conducting personalized outreach to candidates;
- How to evaluate candidates’ application materials in terms of their commitment to diversity and inclusive teaching practices;
- Designing interview questions to assess cultural competence;
- Recognizing when and how implicit bias emerges in search committee deliberations;
- Identifying critical points during the recruitment process to communicate to candidates a departmental commitment to diversity.
If you are interested in immediate support, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Tower Hall 109, 408-924-7290).