Searching for Excellence and Diversity Workshop
Enhancing the diversity of the complement of faculty and librarians at the University of Toronto is a key priority for the Office of the Provost. The Offices of Faculty & Academic Life and the Provost support a variety of initiatives to increase and support diversity.
These initiatives include:
- targeted funding for faculty hires made on the basis of excellence that also increase the diversity of divisional faculty complement across the three campuses;
- gathering of comparative data on race and gender so that units can assess their diversity goals;
- providing mentorship and support to all faculty through the Office of Faculty & Academic Life’s mentorship and leadership programs;
- access to faculty development resources through membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).
Workshop materials and more information.
As part of our continuing support for faculty diversity initiatives, we invited the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to offer a workshop on unconscious bias in faculty hiring and evaluation. Designed for academic administrators and provostial, decanal, and School of Graduate Studies assessors, the session drew about 90 attendees.
The workshop integrated research on unconscious bias with practical tools and strategies to support all stages of recruitment of diverse and excellent faculty:
- gaining the support and active involvement of search committee members;
- recruiting a highly qualified pool of applicants;
- discussing diversity within search committee meetings;
- raising awareness of unconscious assumptions and their potential influence on evaluation of candidates;
- ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates;
- developing and implementing an effective interview process;
- successfully hiring selected candidates.