1. Linda Mason
  2. Associate Dean Graduate School and Professor of Entomology
  4. Purdue University
  1. Mark Smith
  2. Dean and Professor of ECE
  4. Purdue University
  1. Chris Sahley
  2. Professor
  4. Purdue University

Diversifying the Faculty—A Key Ingredient in Broadening Part

NSF Awards: 1309173

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)


This presentation describes the activities of the CIC AGEP-T program titled “Professorial Advancement Initiative” (PAI), the goal of which is to double the rate at which CIC institutions (i.e. the Big-10 conference universities) hire underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The PAI takes a two-pronged approach to achieving its faculty diversity goal, which involves: a) creating within the CIC a pool of URM postdocs who have been well prepared and trained to enter the academy as tenure-track faculty members; and b) coaching faculty members to become leaders in diversity hiring—that is, exposing search committees to the literature about unconscious bias and the compelling benefits of having a diverse faculty.

To properly prepare URM postdocs for entry into the academy, we recruit them into the program, where they are mentored by one or more faculty members at the home campus and at other CIC schools, to provide guidance and entrée into faculty positions. In parallel we are implementing training programs for faculty hiring committees on the CIC campuses. Collectively, the CIC will hire hundreds of new professors in STEM fields over the next three years, which will involve hundreds of faculty searches. The CIC AGEP training team is partnering with AGEP directors and campus leaders to coach faculty on diversity hiring.

In addition, the CIC AGEP staff has developed an online enrollment form for PAI postdocs. The staff maintains a repository of URM faculty candidates as a resource for CIC faculty search committees.

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