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Diversity Recruitment Resources

While equitable representation of racial and ethnic minorities is one of the most challenging aspects of our diversity goals, we are all committed to improving our University’s diversity, with regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, veterans and people with disabilities.

When it comes to actually recruiting diverse faculty members, many search committees report that they cannot find qualified women or people of color to apply for their open positions. Research, however, has shown that committees succeed in hiring women and people of color when they transform the search process, are committed to diversity and are proactive about building a diverse applicant pool.

Transforming the search process requires that the committee do more than simply place ads and wait for applicants to express interest. Search committees can use personal and professional networks of existing faculty and students, and discipline-based organizations, and take advantage of publications and web sites that specialize in the recruitment of diverse faculty members. The following tips can help committees transform the search process.

Existing Faculty and Students

Use existing faculty and graduate students to market open positions. Ask faculty and students to take along copies of the job announcement when they travel to academic conferences and meetings. Further, ask that they contact their colleagues and inquire about promising graduate students or new scholars from underrepresented groups. When using faculty and students in this manner it is important to encourage them to seek candidates beyond those who are most like themselves.

Discipline-based organizations

All academic disciplines have professional organizations associated with them. Many have subcommittees on women and/or people of color. In addition, most have both national and regional meetings, newsletters, email mailing lists and web sites. These organizational resources can be key in departmental recruiting efforts. Poll faculty members to determine which organizations are active in the discipline area related to the open faculty position. Distribute job announcements to regional contacts or committee chairs. Follow-up with phone calls to discuss the department’s needs and how best to identify promising scholars in the field. Examples of discipline-based organizations include:

Recruitment Resources

  • Diversity Recruiting Resources

  • Staff Recruitment Resources (pdf)
  • Disability Inclusion Starts With You

  • The Faculty for the Future Project: Administered by WEPAN (The Women in Engineering Program and Advocates Network), the website offers a forum for students to post resumes and search for positions and for employers to post positions and search for candidates. The website focuses on linking women and minority candidates from engineering, science, and business with faculty and research positions at universities.

  • The Directory of Minority Candidates: An on-line directory of minority Ph.D, M.F.A., and M.L.S. candidates and recipients at schools that are a part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The Minority Directory, which is open to Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans in all fields and Asian Americans in humanities and social science, is a valuable resource for those looking to hire minorities from these fields. Those listed have completed the Ph.D. within the last year or expect to complete the degree within a year at one of the CIC institutions.

  • IMDiversity.com: Formerly known as the Minorities’ Job Bank, IMDiversity.com was established by the Black Collegian Magazine. The site is dedicated to providing career and self-development information to all minorities, specifically African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and women. It maintains a large database of available jobs, candidate resumes and information on workplace diversity.

  • NORC Career Outcomes of Doctoral Recipients:  Each year the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Department of Education and the US Department of Agriculture issue the results of their Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). Their report includes data on the number and characteristics of individuals receiving research doctoral degrees from U.S. institutions. It is  used frequently to determine the availability of new scholars in a specific field. The data is listed by gender and field, and by race/ethnicity and field.

  • www.diversejobs.net: This is the jobs site of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a leading resource for the higher education community for over 25 years. The extensive listings posted here include both faculty and non-faculty jobs at postsecondary institutions.

  • www.hispanicoutlook.com: The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine is a long-standing top information source and sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community. www.wihe.com The Women in Higher Education website addresses issues affecting women on campus.

  • www.jbhe.com: The online publication, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, lists job openings.

  • www.BlacksinHigherEd.com, www.HispanicsinHigherEd.com, and www.AsiansinHigherEd.com These jobs sites list staff, faculty, and management job openings at colleges and universities.

  • www.LGBTinHigherEd.com: This jobs site is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within higher education.

  • www.HBCUConnect.com: The first and largest community for students, alumni, and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) maintains one of the largest online diversity resume databases, with thousands of active resumes and profiles that are less than 90 days old. This site is one of the most fruitful recruiting websites for African-American professionals.

  • www.AcademicDiversitySearch.com: With women and minorities as the target candidate pool, this nationwide resource is comprised of job posting advertisements, an extensive network and database of professionals, and executive search firm capabilities.

  • www.abwhe.org: The website of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE) lists career opportunities.

  • www.nafeonation.org: National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education represents the presidents and chancellors of the diverse black colleges and universities.

  • www.aucd.org: Association of University Centers on Disabilities mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.

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