21 Web Conference Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty

PDAD&C #21, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:   Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost, Academic
Date: October 5, 2005
Re: Web Conference: Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty

On 25th October from 1pm to 3pm the publication Academic Impressions will be holding a web conference on Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Faculty.  The Office of the Vice President and Provost will be hosting access to this event in the Board Room at Simcoe Hall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Sara-Jane Finlay, Director Faculty Renewal (416 978 1855 or sarajane.finlay@utoronto.ca).   
While the diversity of undergraduate student populations is steadily increasing, faculty diversity continues to lag behind, especially in fields such as engineering and science. Research indicates that a diverse faculty directly contributes to educational quality and excellence, better prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global, pluralistic society and exposes students to a broader range of scholarly perspectives. Achieving faculty diversity, however, remains a significant challenge. Join us in this online web conference to explore best practices in hiring and retaining underrepresented groups.
Program Agenda
  • Equal Opportunity Law Overview 
  • Making the Case for Faculty Diversity 
  • Faculty Utilization & Underutilization Issues 
  • Recruitment Best Practices 
    • Networking 
    • Inter-institutional consortia 
    • Associations/organizations
  • Search Process 
    • Institutional competition 
    • Qualified candidates 
    • Turnover 
    • Beyond parity 
    • Position description
  • Search Committee 
    • University goals/department 
    • Role 
    • Representation 
    • Consistency 
    • Legal standards 
    • Unintended biases
  • The Campus Visit 
  • Making the Offer 
    • Negotiations 
    • Incentives
  • Post-Search 
    • Transition 
    • Pre-employment agreements 
    • Performance 
    • Service 
    • Research


Charmaine P. Clowney - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Charmaine has over 15 years of experience as a higher education diversity executive, consultant and attorney. She is currently the Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In this position, Charmaine provides strategic leadership to 14 Pennsylvania universities on issues related to diversity policies, institutional access, multiculturalism and employment equity. Prior to this position, Charmaine served as Assistant Chancellor of Diversity and Equity and Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.