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Hiring and Diversity/Retention and Success Workshops

Hiring and Diversity Workshop

In an effort to help ACM institutions better understand the complex barriers to diversity and take the necessary steps to be hospitable places for diversity to flourish, a series of workshops is being offered throughout the duration of the grant. These workshops address the obstacles that under-represented applicants experience in the recruitment, hiring, and tenure processes and explore topics germane to the achievement of workplace diversity, such as:

  • Interrupting the usual — Going beyond a laissez-faire approach to diversifying the faculty (i.e. write and post a job description and wait to see which candidates emerge).
  • Unconscious bias — What does cognitive science have to tell us about diverse hiring?
  • Search committee dos and don'ts — Does the job description engage diversity at some level? Is the search committee diverse?
  • Creating a campus culture of inclusion, preventing confusion about how to meet job responsibilities and advance professionally, and ensuring reasonable work burdens on all faculty.

ACM academic deans designate faculty and staff to participate in these workshops.

2020 Retention and Success Workshop

June 24, 2020 held virtually due to COVID-19

Formerly known as Hiring and Diversity Workshops, our focus expanded this year to consider how colleges can support faculty and students when they arrive on campus and what we can do to nurture and sustain an environment that encourages success.

The workshop sessions addressed:

  • equity as a guiding principle that can expand approaches to diversity and inclusion practice;
  • mentoring diverse faculty using a culturally responsive lens; and
  • strategies and best practices for creating a campus environment to support underrepresented students.

See workshop description and agenda

2018 Hiring and Diversity Workshop

June 25, 2018 in Rosemont, IL

This meeting of staff and faculty from across the ACM will focus on best practices and strategies relating to the recruitment, professional development, and retention of junior faculty, particularly relating to the colleges' efforts to diversify their faculty.

2017 Hiring and Diversity Workshop

June 28, 2017 in Chicago, IL

This meeting focused on "retention as recruitment" best practices and policies, highlighting ways in which colleges can implement an Equity Literacy framework to strengthen the institution's policies and procedures to positively impact the college's diversity and inclusion efforts.

Workshops in 2016

Regional Hiring and Diversity Workshops in Iowa and Illinois were held in 2016.

2015 Hiring and Diversity Workshop

October 29-30 in Rosemont, IL

See the workshop agenda and list of participants for the inaugural workshop sponsored by the Fellows Program.


For questions about Fellows Program hiring and diversity workshops, contact Allen Linton II, ACM Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

These workshops and the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate are supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.