In support of goal six: Recruit and Retain Great Faculty and Staff from the ISU Strategic Plan, colleges and departments are invited to participate in Scholar Collaboration & Prospective Faculty Day. The purpose of the day of engagement with approximately 20 prospective faculty from historically underrepresented groups is:
To showcase Indiana State University and the opportunities for employment here;
To facilitate collaborative relationships on scholarship;
To make ISU's commitment to diversity more transparent via a coordinated experience that supports college and department efforts at diversifying their faculty.
The tentative outline for the day is as follows:
Individual interviews may be scheduled the day before or the day after this event.
How: Search chairs through their department chairs may advance a request to invite a particular applicant. Their names as they match what is entered into the applicant tracking system should be sent to Pamela Allison in Academic Affairs (x2307; Pamela.Allison@indstate.edu) along with the particular search. Departments through their Dean may also send invitations to potential opportunity hires in areas of strategic need that are outside of the posted searches. These persons will be sent an information packet and invited to submit a vita and letter of interest for participation consideration through a designated portal in the applicant tracking system for that purpose. Those received will be forwarded to the appropriate Dean/department for consideration of a formal invitation. Invitations for participation consideration will also be sent to candidates culled from national and regional lists. Those received will also be shared with Deans/departments for consideration of a formal invitation.
Why: Expanding faculty diversity is an identified need of the institution. This process overcomes the shortcomings of independent searches by sending a particularly powerful message about the value of diversity at ISU since numerous diverse candidates are all brought here at once and by extension the potential exists to form a true cohort. Furthermore, it gives us an opportunity to structure an especially powerful experience for them while here and to build collaborations that transcend whether or not they are ultimately made an offer or hired.