Breakthrough Advances in Faculty Diversity
Lessons and Innovative Practices from the Frontier
This study will help universities to:
- Target limited resources to the initiatives most likely to increase the diversity of the institution’s faculty
- Cultivate faculty support for the effort to recruit diverse candidates
- Use relatively low-cost “upstream recruiting” tactics to create a competitive advantage in encouraging highly talented diverse candidates to apply for positions and accept an offer if one is extended
- Implement mechanisms for instilling accountability for faculty diversification efforts
As progress on faculty diversity remains disappointing, university administrators face a sea of recommendations spanning every section of the pipeline—from faculty retention and hiring to the stages leading up to PhD attainment. Few institutions, however, have the resources to implement every suggestion, leaving provosts, deans, and chairs wondering where they should focus their efforts to achieve the greatest impact on the diversity of the institution’s faculty.
The Council’s best practice report Breakthrough Advances in Faculty Diversity helps administrators identify and implement the most effective strategies for increasing faculty diversity on their campuses. Based on extensive analysis of data on the faculty pipeline, examination of approaches and results at hundreds of universities, and over 150 hour-long interviews with provosts, deans, chief diversity officers, department chairs, and faculty, the report profiles replicable strategies from institutions that have achieved faculty diversity rates far greater than those of their peers, often after starting with rates well below average.