Boston University is committed to searching broadly and hiring well. While search committees are charged with leading the effort to identify the best individual for a faculty opening, many more faculty participate in the screening and recruitment process by attending job talks, interacting with the candidates and contributing to the selection discussion.
Search committees are urged to consider applicants holistically. Candidates bring a variety of different life experiences that shape their work as faculty members and that contribute to the quality of the intellectual exchange that characterizes a vibrant university. Diversity among individuals contributes to collective excellence through this exchange of ideas and Boston University is proactive in seeking to increase and support the diversity among our faculty. Annual training is provided for search committee chairs by the Deans or by the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. Please contact her at any time with questions: Julie Sandell, 617-358-5846.
Faculty Search Manual: This describes some of the best practices for faculty searches and provides practical advice for conducting a faculty search at Boston University. It was originally compiled by the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in 2007, and was adapted, with permission, from a similar manual developed by the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin Madison with support from their NSF ADVANCE grant. The Faculty Search Manual was updated in 2013.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity: Search Proposals must include a plan to ensure that women and minorities are made aware of the position and receive appropriate consideration. Proposals are reviewed by the Provost’s staff before a search is approved. Information can be provided about the availability of women and minority candidates in specific disciplines, as well as information about advertising venues and other mechanisms to attract a diverse pool of candidates. We must document our efforts in an annual Affirmative Action plan, and we are required to collect data on the diversity of the pool of applicants that we attract for each position. The way we collect these data is through the Affirmative Action Report Form (AARF) database. Search committee chairs must make sure that each applicant’s e-mail address is entered into the database. An e-mail to the applicant is then generated automatically, asking them to voluntarily self-identify their gender and race/ethnicity. This information is collected completely separately from any other information from the applicant, and used for the annual affirmative action report and internally to track how well we are reaching out to a wide variety of potential faculty members. When a search committee has identified finalists for a position, there is additional information that must be entered into the database under the “Candidates” tab. Please contact Steve Marois if you have questions about using the database. There is also a short video that you can watch here.
Searching for Diverse Candidates
We highly value candidates who would bring diversity to the faculty of your department, school or college, and we recognize that the needs of each unit are different in this regard. Please contact Julie Sandell if you need assistance with resources to recruit a truly outstanding candidate who would bring diversity to your unit.
Demographics and the legal landscape
- Earned Doctorates by Gender and Race: These data are compiled each year by NSF for all earned doctorates in the United States in Science and Technology disciplines. This can give you an idea of the “pipeline” for women and racial and ethnic minorities in your discipline. It always takes 2 years to compile and release the data, so the data available in 2013 represents doctorates awarded in 2011. 2011 Doctoral Recipients by Race.
- AAAS Diversity and the Law: This extensive handbook describes the legal landscape surrounding the recruitment of faculty and students.
Note that we automatically post advertisements for all approved faculty searches to Inside Higher Ed, Higher Ed Jobs, Boston University Human Resources and HERC. The following venues are targeted at underrepresented candidates more broadly, or in specific disciplines. While we do not specifically endorse any of these particular venues, you may find them to be a good choice for your search. A strong, diverse applicant pool rarely if ever happens by chance. It takes real effort to build a pool of outstanding candidates. Member of the search committee should all be engaged in building that pool.
- CIC Doctoral Directory: This is a free, searchable database of underrepresented minority alumni with earned doctorates from Big Ten schools, plus the University of Chicago. All candidates in this directory have provided contact information and so are open to being contacted for positions.
- The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
- Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
- The Tribal College Journal of American Indian Education
- Association for Women in Science
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
- National Association of Black Social Workers
Recruiting Dual Career Candidates
Candidates for faculty positions often have a partner who also needs a job, inside academia or outside. We have two resources:
Dual Career Resources: At Boston University, we understand that the decision to join our faculty often involves two careers. This website provides information on dual-career employment, relocating to Boston, and work/life resources for prospective faculty.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC): HERC is a national organization with a mission “to advance the efforts of our member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual-career couples.” Boston University is a member of the New England HERC. At the HERC website you can search for job openings for faculty and staff at member institutions in New England. Boston University lists our faculty openings in the HERC database, and we recommend HERC as one resource to identify employment opportunities for partners of the faculty that we recruit.