University of Iowa

Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


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The Office of the Provost provides academic leadership to the university. Its fundamental mission is to champion innovation and excellence in teaching, research, creative production, and service. A diverse faculty, inclusive campus, and equitable policies and practices are essential to our success. The Office of the Provost commits itself to the following strategies to support diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus.

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Faculty Recruitment

PDF iconFaculty Search Committee Practices to Advance Equity - presentation and resources to engage search committee members in understanding the importance of faculty diversity, reducing unconscious bias, and implementing evidence-based strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Distinction through Diversity Fund - A three-year pilot initiative sponsored by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Office of the Provost, and the Chief Diversity Office to support undergraduate-serving departments and colleges in recruiting and retaining outstanding tenure-track faculty of color.  

Dual Academic Career Fund - assists departments and colleges when the recruitment of a tenure-track faculty members is contingent upon the employment of a partner/spouse.

Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) - collaboration among higher education and community partners to assist dual-career couples, recruit diverse applicant pools, and build relationships among employers in the region.

Build a Career | Build a Life - Work/Life and Dual-Career resources designed as a recruitment tool to feature in job ads and provide candidates with useful resources to learn about the campus and surrounding community.

Path to Distinction Pilot - The Office of the Provost will lead a pilot project with four departments and their respective colleges to integrate research-informed best practices into key faculty recruitment processes to enhance the ability of faculty search committees to advance diversity and equity in their search and hiring processes. Faculty search committee best practices, resources, and tools will be shared with campus as they are developed. 

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Faculty Retention

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)-Related Trainings - offered by Provost Office staff through the UI BUILD program and to academic departments.  Topics include unconscious bias and integrating diversity, equity & inclusion strategies in unit planning.  In FY19, a roundtable of UI trainers will develop an online Unconscious Bias video series.

Collegiate Diversity Group (CDG) - collegiate representatives meet to share DEI-related strategies and provide input to the Chief Diversity Office (CDO) and Office of the Provost. In FY19, the provost office will work with the CDO and CDG to strengthen DEI action planning in the colleges.

PDF iconFaculty Support and Safety Guidance - designed to assist the campus community in responding to situations in which faculty members are targeted in social media based on their scholarship, teaching, clinical care, and/or service.

PDF iconNational Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) - this UI institutional membership provides access to webinars, resources on faculty productivity, online mentoring, and networking.

Biennial Faculty Salary Equity Report - a campus-wide study of salary equity to assess for any sex or racial/ethnic disparities and works with colleges to make any needed corrections.

2018 Faculty & Staff DEI Campus Climate Survey- The Office of the Provost collaborated with the Chief Diversity Office and the Charter Committee on Diversity on the development and implementation of the 2018.  In FY19, the results of the survey will be used to inform colleges and the campus about current climate issues and develop data-informed targeted interventions.  

DEO Workshop on DEI Leadership - The DEO is considered a key “engine of change” for DEI in higher education (Chun & Evans, 2015). In Spring 2019, the Office of the Provost will host a national expert to offer a hands-on workshop to DEOs and campus leadership about best practice strategies for diversifying the faculty. A dedicated website will be developed to access strategic and just-in-time resources and coaching.

DEI Digest
Beginning in Fall 2018, all colleges and central units will be asked to submit their FY19 unit-level strategies that advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on the UI campus; a compendium report of the digital inventory will be shared with campus in Spring 2019 and will inform campus-wide DEI assessment and planning.  Workshops to assist units in DEI strategic planning will be offered.

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Faculty Advancement

DEO Leadership Development Program - a cohort-based program for departmental executive officers (DEOs) and other faculty administrators in their first two years of service; integrates coaching and DEI information for department chairs, one of the most essential leadership roles on campus for diversifying the faculty and ensuring an inclusive climate.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program (BTAA-ALP) - this program aims to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on Big Ten campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise.

Big Ten Academic Alliance DEO Program (BTAA-DEO) - this leadership program aims to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on Big Ten campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise.

DEO Breakfasts with Campus Leaders - scheduled twice per semester, this program provides an opportunity for DEOs to speak directly with key campus leaders and network with other DEOs across colleges and disciplines.

Faculty DEI Advisory Group - The associate provost for faculty and the chief diversity officer will convene an advisory group of faculty of color to advise the provost office on the experience of URM faculty on campus and reflect on current DEI-related issues on campus. Faculty representatives from the UI diversity councils will be sought.  

Associate Professor Advancement Initiative- Almost two-thirds of UI’s URM tenured associate professors are within 0-5 years post tenure, a critical time for mentoring and retention. The Office of the Provost will focus resources on supporting these associate professors and their DEOs. Program options will be built on results of the 2017 UI Associate Professor survey, higher education literature, and individualized to the participating faculty.  

Keeping our American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Symposium (March 31 - April 2, 2019) - The Office of the Provost will lead a group of faculty to attend the annual “Keeping Our Faculty” conference at the University of Minnesota and offer a campus presentation on the conference proceedings following attendance.