Recruiting Diverse Faculty


Experience at MIT shows that the involvement of central administration, innovative hiring procedures, collaborations between the provost, deans, department heads, and women faculty committees, and the visible support of the president lead to successful hiring of women faculty. Typical departmental processes, in other words, may not be enough (Hopkins 2006).

Usual departmental hiring processes do not always identify exceptional female or Underrepresented Minority (URM) candidates.

Smith et al. (2004) suggest that because our usual recruitment and hiring processes have not successfully diversified our faculties, we need to question and interrupt them, in order to develop more effective strategies.

Search Strategies



Search Committee Best Practices