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Vice President Marshall Hosts a System-Wide Strategic Hiring Workshop
Kelley Dining Room, DeVault Alumni Center
The quality of education at Indiana University is assured by the diversity of its faculty–diversity in teaching and research areas, educational background, artistic talent, and diversity in race, ethnicity, and gender. Indiana University is committed to building an exciting, diverse faculty. The Office of Strategic Hiring and Support in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs represents a focused initiative toward that goal–working to recruit, retain, and promote faculty of color as well as senior women.
The purpose of the Indiana University Strategic Hiring Workshop is to provide the academic units of Indiana University with a common base of understanding and skill regarding the strategic recruitment and hiring of underrepresented faculty. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore effective techniques for building and recruiting from larger applicant pools of underrepresented faculty. Short and long-term strategies that have proven to be effective in other academic settings will be presented and discussed. Successful local strategies–those employed by academic units within Indiana University–will be shared with the participants. A planned second workshop will focus on the retention of underrepresented faculty.
The Indiana University Strategic Hiring Workshop is targeted for Indiana University academic deans and department chairs; however, human resource personnel and department faculty are encouraged to attend. Teleconferencing may be possible to attract a large attendance.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
The Academic Network, Inc. will be contracted to provide productive and cost effective strategies for locating, recruiting, and hiring underrepresented faculty. Over the past four years it has engaged over 370 institutions and 2,150 academic professionals from 31 states in its workshops. Over the past year, 34 institutions (including Purdue, Michigan, and Iowa) invited the Academic Network's "Strategies in Recruiting Minority Faculty" workshop to their campus for a more localized discussion. As a complement to its off and on-campus workshops, the Academic Network developed the Minority Faculty Applicant Database (MFAD) to assist academic institutions in locating qualified minority faculty candidates. The MFAD will be introduced to the workshop participants as a potentially useful tool for some departments. Since December 2005, the MFAD has registered over 4,102 minority faculty candidates and faculty postings are sent directly to the registered candidates and minority discussion boards, academic list-serves, and national press release agencies. Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, President of the Academic Network, is the primary contact for the conduct of the workshop.
Global Orientations provides personalized tours and comprehensive orientation service for employment candidates and new hires. As an extension of the recruiting, relocating, and retaining process and customized around the specific needs of the family, the personalized city tour and orientation connects candidates and new hires with personalized and objective information on schools, neighborhoods, real estate, temporary housing, social amenities, child-care, entertainment, hobbies, social networking, local community, daily essentials, service connections, city demographics, and much more. This service has particular application for recruiting and retaining minority candidates and new hires of under-represented groups. John Merriweather, CEO of Global Orientations, is the primary contact for this resource.
Indiana University's academic units that have developed successful recruitment and hiring practices will be invited to share their approaches during the workshop. Working with the DEMA Strategic Hiring Program, the Kelley School of Business was very successful during the 2008-09 academic year in recruiting and hiring underrepresented faculty. Associate Dean Patricia McDougall of the Kelley School of Business will be invited to discuss unique strategies employed during the recruitment process.
Revised: September 1, 2009
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs