Recruiting a Diverse and Excellent Faculty: Best Practices for Search Committees

Excellence—embracing and exhibiting the highest level of quality in research, teaching and service—can be achieved only when diverse perspectives are engaged. This workshop, conducted by Anne M. Etgen, Professor Emerita of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, illustrates why we recruit faculty for diversity and excellence, obstacles to achieving faculty diversity, how schemas affect the careers of women and underrepresented minorities, and what we can do to address these issues.  Supplemental materials are provided to assist search committees during the faculty search process. 

Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

On this page:

  • Video Contents:
    • 0:00 - 32:00 minutes: Why recruit for diversity, and what are the obstacles to achieving diversity? 
    • 32:00 - 50:25 minutes: Case Study Discussion (breakout sessions and group responses)
    • 50:25 – 1:40:07 minutes: Strategies for search committees
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • PowerPoint presentation (from the workshop)
    • Applicant evaluation tool
    • Candidate evaluation sheet
    • Doctoral pool statistics by field
    • Video contents

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


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 prior to attending the workshop. Please allow ample time for ODE to work with the Office of Accessibility Resources to arrange accommodations.