The University of Iowa

The Path to Distinction pilot program was completed during Academic Year 2019-2020, working in collaboration with four academic departments conducting tenure track faculty searches.  The Path to Distinction coordinating team developed and provided search committee training on implicit bias and research-informed strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the search process.  In addition, the pilot departments were provided with a packet of tools and resources to assist them with implementing these strategies.

The pilot results demonstrated that the pilot departments did implement new strategies that had not been used previously.  Their applicant pools were somewhat more diverse, in terms of race/ethnicity and gender, than their historical applicant pools based on self-reported data.  The interview pools also included a significant percentage of candidates from underrepresented populations.

In this next phase of the Path to Distinction, the Office of the Provost will collaborate with colleges to incorporate the pilot search strategies more broadly into faculty recruitment processes throughout campus.  The Project Coordinator, Jan Waterhouse, will reach out to college leadership to discuss next steps in each college. 

In addition, the Path to Distinction tools and resources are available for campus use.  Please explore the tools and templates on this site and contact us with questions about how to implement the pilot strategies into your faculty search process.