Search Strategy: Wording of the Advertisement

There are many creative ways to convey to applicants an institution's commitment to diversity–the advertisement is one of them. While it is clear that some disciplines lend themselves more naturally than others to diversity-related course content, a university which values diversity as an essential aspect of education can reasonably expect candidates for faculty positions to demonstrate similar values in some aspect or aspects of their teaching, mentoring, service, and/or research.

Statements in the advertisement that have been shown to attract a talented pool of candidates committed to diversity:

  1. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
  2. The University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
  3. Candidates should be prepared to describe how their courses have helped, or will help, students to develop intercultural competencies.
  4. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.