Diversifying Faculty Series: Why It Matters and Best Search Practices

These workshops were led by Dr. Anne Etgen, Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and nationally recognized expert in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. We encourage this resource for all Department Chairs and faculty who plan to serve on search committees.

Running Time: 180 minutes

On this page:

  • Video 1: Diversifying Faculty: Why It Matters and Best Search Practices -Presents evidence that workforce diversity is a driving force for excellence and innovation, and discusses factors that contribute to limiting diversity, including implicit or unconscious bias. Finally, describes evidence-based strategies that can overcome the bias in the faculty search process.
  • Video 2: Strategies to Improve Faculty Retention and Mentoring - Outlines strategies that facilitate the academic success, promotion and retention of faculty. Topics discussed include strong mentoring programs, faculty cluster hiring (cohort model), activities and resources to reduce isolation, increase community building and networking, and to foster career, research, and professional advancement. 
  • Video 3: The Importance of Departmental and Institutional Climate - Discusses the role of departmental and institutional climate as a barrier to achieving faculty diversity. Climate comprises people’s shared perception of the quality, fairness and inclusivity of the environment in which they work. Improving departmental and institutional climate, with clear signals from leadership that diversity, equity and inclusion are core values, can enhance the work environment for all members of the academic community.

Intended Audience

UB faculty and staff





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Contact for Questions

Kerry Lynch.

Kerry Gangi

Program Coordinator and Communication Specialist

Organizational Development and Effectiveness (ODE)

Phone: 716-645-3568

Email: klynch4@buffalo.edu

The University at Buffalo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with any disabilities. If you require accommodations to participate in this session, please contact Organizational Development and Effectiveness (ODE) at (716) 645-4459 or training@buffalo.edu prior to attending the workshop. Please allow ample time for ODE to work with the Office of Accessibility Resources to arrange accommodations.