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, with the goal of expanding pilot practices to the remaining 6 colleges in subsequent years. Participating colleges include the colleges of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Agricultural & Natural Resources, Arts & Humanities, Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Education, and Architecture, Planning & Preservation. 

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

Faculty Search Committee Resources

Top 10 Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Hiring

Top 10 Reasons Faculty Work at UMCP

How Bias Emerges in Academic Hiring: A Research Brief for Search Committees

Hiring Brief 1: Writing the Job Ad

Hiring Brief 2: Developing Evaluation Criteria

Hiring Brief 3: Creating the Short List

Hiring Brief 4: Mitigating Bias During On-Campus Interviews



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