Creating The Listing

Diversity should never come at the expense of excellence. To develop a workforce that is diverse and reflects the highest standards of academic rigor, you must start with a deep applicant pool. The shape of the applicant pool is, to a large degree, determined by the position description. This is likely the first information that prospective faculty will see; use it to set the tone for the rest of the search.

Best practices:

  • Ensure the listing is not so restrictive that it unnecessarily limits the applicant pool*
  • Include tailored information about the university’s commitment to diversity; do not depend on the legalese required of all job listings**
  • Encourage applicants to address in their commitment to diversity and/or UTRGV’s student population in their application materials***
*For more information, see "Guidelines for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce" (Penn State University)
**For more information, see "Faculty Recruitment Toolkit" (University of Washington)
***For more information, see See Vernon Wall and Kathy Obear, "Recruiting a Racially Diverse, Culturally Competent Faculty," Magna Publications (2011)

Build an Inclusive Listing

2. Review position description to ensure that it is not overly restrictive. Consider inviting applications from ABDs.  

a) Position description

3. Tailor the Advertisement to UTRGV
Choose any/all of the following statements:

Add to listing

a) UTRGV has received a 5-year NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the representation of women in the faculty and leadership of STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly work environment.

b) UTRGV is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

c) The XXX Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

4. Encourage candidates to address their commitment to diversity in their application materials. Choose any/all of the following statements: Add to listing

a) We encourage applicants to describe previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or other members of underrepresented groups.

b) Applicants should address their ability to work collaboratively and their commitment to supporting the excellence of all students on campus.

Click submit to send this information to your search committee chair and the ADVANCE program at UTRGV: