Hiring Diverse Faculty
The Diversity Imperative
While Mason has diversified its executive administration from a race and gender perspective, there is still work to do at the dean, assistant vice president, and director levels. Success will come through active recruitment and retention efforts, along with professional development.
On May 1, 2016, the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics (CDE) partnered with Human Resources Department to implement a number of hiring initiatives to improve diversity among Mason's faculty and staff.
Search committee requirements and practices now include:
- CDE review and approval of all job announcements before posting. CDE staff will work with search committees to provide a “diversity snapshot” of the applicant pool and provide technical assistance to panels.
- Search committee training is a requirement for all members of a search committee. Training must be within the 12 months prior to the assignment. Hiring managers and coordinators are also encouraged to attend the training.
- CDE and Human Resources conduct search committee training twice a month, as well as by request for groups of 15 or more. Training sessions are one hour and cover all steps of Mason’s hiring process, including best practices for conducting a search legally and efficiently. It also includes a segment on overcoming unconscious biases and assumptions within the candidate evaluation and selection process.
- Search committees are required to reflect the diversity of the community from a gender and race/ethnicity perspective.
Under very limited circumstances, search waivers are granted when in the best interest of the university. A waiver is considered if there is an opportunity to hire a candidate who strategically advances the institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. This would include individuals who offer diversity in under-represented areas, or bring a unique perspective due to professional or personal background, interests, or expertise. This flexibility allows hiring departments to expedite the search process to fill an immediate need while offering an additional incentive for candidates.
For more information, contact Learning and Professional Development at 703-993-6764 to schedule a session.