Increase Faculty Diversity

Provide implicit bias training for faculty search committees

To help recruit the strongest and most diverse pools of applicants, the College will provide faculty search committees with education and training in mitigating implict bias. 

Accountability: 
Provost/School Deans
Progress/Status: 

At the Geisel School of Medicine, faculty search committees members are required to meet with the associate dean for diversity and inclusion and a representative from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity for a workshop on implicit bias in faculty searches. (Complete for Geisel).

At the Thayer School of Engineering and the Tuck School of Business, the deans are reviewing this model to incorporate in their search processes. (In progress). 

In the Arts and Sciences, the assistant provost for faculty recruitment provides implicit bias training to faculty search committees. Because the faculty of Arts and Sciences is significantly larger than the professional schools faculty, and the volume of searches proportionally larger, providing implicit bias training for all faculty searches will be a longer process. Beginning this year, the assistant provost will meet with a representative from each search committee before the start of the searches to provide implicit bias education and share other diversity recruitment tools and strategies.

 

Outcome: 

Implicit bias training for faculty search committees is now a standard part of the faculty recruitment process.

In Arts and Sciences (where the majority of searches are conducted each year) this process is overseen by the Assistant Provost for Faculty Recruitment, (a tenured professor appointed to this position) with support from the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. In the professional schools, the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity is the primary contact for search committees.

Additionally, some faculties have other requirments. The Geisel School of Medicine, for example, requires all faculty search committee members to take an online bias awareness training, Project Implict®. 

All faculty and staff have access to, and are encouraged to participate in, Implict Bias in the Work Environment, a regular program offered by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity through the campus Human Resources professional development course offerings. Any department or program may also request the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity to conduct a custom designed program to meet their needs.

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