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Hiring and Diversity 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.

2017 Hiring and Diversity Workshop

June 28, 2017 in Chicago, IL

This meeting of staff and faculty from across the ACM will focus on "retention as recruitment" best practices and policies. Sessions throughout the day will highlight 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. See the workshop agenda and list of participants.

Livestream of Keynote Address: Equity Literacy
9:30-11:00 a.m. CDT
Dr. Paul Gorski from George Mason University will deliver a keynote address introducing new ways in which colleges and universities can use an Equity Literacy framework to assess equity and inclusion initiatives, and to better ensure programs and policies are implemented in ways that strengthen the institution's diversity efforts. Register to watch the livestream of this event!

Register for livestream

Workshops in 2016

Regional Hiring and Diversity Workshops in Iowa and Illinois were held in 2016. The two-day events brought together ACM and Big Ten Academic Alliance colleagues to share recruitment, hiring, and retention best practices and to consider new ways of promoting inclusive campus culture among faculty, staff, and students.

The workshops covered a wide range of topics similar to those offered in the inaugural Fellows Program Hiring and Diversity Workshop in October 2015, including:

  • Strategies for involving considerations of diversity and excellence at different steps of the hiring process and addressing unconscious and implicit bias and how it affects the search process;
  • Issues relating to retention of diverse faculty and strategies that can be used to remove barriers to inclusive community building; and
  • Opportunities to dialogue with ACM and CIC colleagues and share best practices regarding recruitment, orientation, and retention.


For questions about Fellows Program hiring and diversity workshops, contact Lilly Lavner, ACM Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate.

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.