Increasing Faculty Diversity
Here's how we're working towards our goal of creating a department where every faculty member has the opportunity to excel.
Welcoming Dual Careers
One of the challenges in recruiting and retaining faculty members, especially female faculty members, is the difficulty in finding appropriate and attractive employment for the trailing partner. Facilitating dual career recruiting is a top priority for the Provost’s Office. With funding from UVA’s NSF ADVANCE grant, the University has hired a Dual Career Program Director and developed an academic search portal that provides tools for faculty recruits and committee chairs. We encourage faculty candidates to discuss these options during their recruitment.
Leading Search Committees
Our faculy members sit on many faculty search committees each year, often chairing the committee. All BME faculty on search committees are required to be trained in strategies to manage the influence of unconscious bias in faculty hiring.
Spreading the Word
To reach a diverse applicant pool, faculty openings are advertised on various media, including the job portals of The National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Diverse Issues in HigherEd/Hispanic Outlook, IEEE Spectrum, Latinos in Higher Ed, INSIGHT Into Diversity, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academic Careers, Academic Keys, Biomedical Engineering Society website and publications.
Increasing our interactions with nearby Minority Serving Institutions, through seminars, recruitment visits, and other outreach, has led to shared intiatives, most notably the in-progress NSF ERC Proposal "PISCES" with partners Howard University and MIT. The weekly BME Seminar Series brings invited speakers from diverse backgrounds to grounds to share their cutting edge science. We're excited to grow these relationships, as we raise awareness of our department among faculty of color and develop more collaborative research and student training opportunities.