Diversifying The Faculty: A Guidebook For Search Committees

Informed by the growing research literature on racial and ethnic diversity in the faculty, this guidebook offers specific recommendations to faculty search committees. Many of these recommendations are also based on first-hand observations, testimonials, and conversations with faculty of color2. The primary goal of this guidebook is to help structure and execute successful searches for faculty of color. Although focused on junior-level faculty searches, many of the recommendations also can be applied across ranks and disciplinary lines.Of course, the specific procedures for conducting the search process will vary from institution to institution, but the analyses and suggested actions presented here are widely applicable.

This guidebook is divided into three parts, mirroring the steps in the faculty hiring process.

Part I: Before the Search Begins describes the necessary and ongoing campus processes that are crucial in creating a context within which search committees can successfully diversify the faculty.

Part II: The Search Process details what should happen during the search to promote success in hiring faculty of color.

Part III: After the Search includes suggested actions to be taken after the search is concluded.

Best and promising hiring practices from a variety of institutions are interspersed throughout the text, and an extensive annotated bibliography and several appendices are included to help search committees and institutional leaders in this important challenge: diversifying the racial and ethnic composition of the faculty. 

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