Active Strategies for Diversifying Applicant Pools

Recruiting a diverse faculty involves more than just adding an affirmative action statement to job announcements. Recruiting a diverse faculty requires active outreach and advertising, and the resources to support these activities. The Division of Academic Affairs has allocated significant resources to support diversifying applicant pools in the 2014-2015 faculty recruitment cycle. The Center for Faculty Development and the Office of Faculty Affairs are offering support for the 64 tenure-track recruitments authorized this year:

  • A fund for department chairs to use for travel to disciplinary conferences for purposes of recruiting applicants to their open searches.
  • Funding for a Faculty-in-Residence for Diversifying the Faculty. This faculty member will provide advice and support to search committees as they seek ways to expand their applicant pools.
  • An increased budget for advertising in national venues with a focus on diversity. All faculty recruitments will be advertised in Hispanics in Higher Ed, Blacks in Higher Ed, Women in Higher Ed, LGBT in Higher Ed, Insight into Diversity, and Diverse Education. Faculty Affairs places these ads, at no cost to the departments.
  • Hosting campus events such as the annual visit of the Stanford University DARE Fellows (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence).