Diversifying the faculty initiative

scholar collaboration & prospective faculty day - February 21

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:

The tentative outline for the day is as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. diversity
  3. Sessions about ISU and Terre Haute

  4. Tour of Campus and lunch with students/faculty/staff

  5. Research Poster Session Social with posters by ISU faculty

  6. Scholarship Colloquy with participants and ISU faculty.  Participants will discuss a piece of research/planned research as will members of the ISU faculty in small groups.  Presentations are informal.  Opportunities for collaboration and grant support will be discussed. 

  7. Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Colloquy. Prospective faculty and ISU faculty engage in discussions on selected experiential learning and community engagement themes. Theme ideas will be generated from prospective faculty vitae as well as the interests of ISU participants and suggestions by Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

  8. Reception & dinner hosted by the President

  9. Evening event TBA

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.