Faculty Diversity

Faculty Diversity

As a member of the Association of American Universities, Boston University is committed to the highest levels of intellectual and creative achievement and to developing an extraordinary, world-class faculty. Crucial to that mission is a significantly increased breadth of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity among our teaching and research ranks.

We seek to normalize the inclusion within our 17 schools, colleges, research centers, and departments of people who are underrepresented in academia, including faculty and scholars from marginalized racial, ethnic, social, and religious groups. In service of this goal, the University has developed several programs to assist our search efforts and serve as a resource to better enable our faculty.

Please reach out to Megan Segoshi, Director, BU Diversity & Inclusion, at msegoshi@bu.edu with questions about these initiatives.

The University Scholars Program

In spring 2019, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison announced the launch of several faculty diversity hiring initiatives, including The University Scholars Program, which seeks to enliven our curricula and intellectual and creative endeavors through regular, substantive engagement with emerging and leading faculty and scholars from historically underrepresented racial groups.

The University Scholars Program is comprised of three key efforts: The Emerging Scholars Program, the Visiting Senior Scholars Program, and the Great Topics Program. Expand each of the three sections below to learn more about each of these efforts.

Learn more about the University Scholars Program.



Target of Opportunity Hiring Program

The Target of Opportunity Hiring Program (ToO), aims to provide nimbleness and flexibility in hiring and to allow academic leadership to capitalize on potential hires that represent an extraordinary opportunity for the University to support the above stated goals. The Target of Opportunity Hiring Program is comprised of two distinct tools: the Target of Opportunity Mechanism and the Target of Opportunity New Lines Program.

Learn more about the Target of Opportunity Hiring Program.

BU Faculty of Color Recruitment Committee

The BU Faculty of Color Recruitment Committee is a non-evaluative committee consisting of BU faculty of color. Faculty candidates may opt to meet with Recruitment Committee members as part of their interview process. The intent of the Recruitment Committee is to provide faculty candidates with an opportunity for informational interviews and candid conversations where candidates can ask questions and have a frank and honest discussion about faculty of color experiences at BU and in the Greater Boston Area.

Learn more about the BU Faculty of Color Recruitment Committee.

BU D&I STARS (Supporting Thriving, Achievement, Retention, & Success)

BU D&I STARS supports faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the academy who are within their first-ever two years of a faculty appointment.

Learn more about BU D&I STARS

Resources to Support Boston University Faculty

We want faculty to thrive at BU, both on and off campus. That’s why we offer professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs, administrators, and faculty at all stages of their careers. Expand each section below to explore some of the resources available to faculty: