Inclusive Faculty Hiring

Increasing the diversity of the faculty is an important goal of the University of Maryland. The Inclusive Faculty Hiring Pilot Program engages search committees in evidence-based practices shown to reduce implicit bias and enhance the recruitment, outreach, evaluation and hiring of diverse faculty. Funded by the Provost’s Office and led by ADVANCE in partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, we are treating this program as an action research project. We will compare whether use of best practices influences diverse hiring outcomes over a two-year period. Participating colleges include the colleges of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Agricultural & Natural Resources, Arts & Humanities, Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Education, and Architecture, Planning & Preservation. 

Faculty search committees that are participating in the Pilot Program should arrange to attend the Inclusive Hiring Workshop with Dawn Culpepper, Research Assistant & Coordinator for the Pilot Program ( We will add workshop dates through the fall and spring semester as needed.

Inclusive Faculty Hiring Resources

·      Top 10 Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Faculty Hiring 

·      Writing an Inclusive Job Description

·      Constructing Clear Evaluation Criteria

·      Mitigating Bias During On-Campus Interviews

Faculty Recruitment Resources

·      Top 10 Reasons Faculty Work at UMCP

We have additionally hosted sessions on mitigating bias in hiring and other areas of graduate student and faculty careers for UMD departments and professional associations. If you are interested in hosting one of these sessions for your department or group, please contact Dawn Culpepper at




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