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.

Building Relationships

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.

Our Goals

  • Attract and retain pioneering faculty in the field of Biomedical Engineering

    Our goal is to create a department where every faculty member has the opportunity to excel

    A diverse faculty addresses society's most challenging health problems more effectively and equitably, while providing role models for the next generation of biomedical engineers. We welcome applications from faculty of color and women at all stages of their careers for positions in our department. Here's how we're Welcoming Dual Careers, Leading Search Committees, Spreading the Word, and Building Relationships.

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  • Increase Graduate Student Diversity

    Our goal is to train a graduate student body that reflects the population we serve

    Diversity isn't limited to cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation differences. It also encompasses socio-economic, learning, family, and other differences. Addressing society's complex challenges will require everyone's talents and perspectives. Our differences are our strengths, and a graduate student body that reflects the population we serve will be more creative and innovative and will generate the new ideas and novel approaches we need to tackle problems in biomedical engineering. Here's how we're working towards our goals by Moving the Bar, Targeting Recruitment, and Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion.

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  • Increase Undergraduate Student Diversity

    Our goal is to harness the strategic value of diversity and inclusion across UVA's educational and research mission

    Addressing society's complex challenges will require everyone's talents and perspectives. We want to harness the strategic value of diversity and inclusion across UVA's educational and research mission, and our vibrant and engaged undergraduate student community is a key partner in that effort.  One of the first steps in meeting our goals for diveristy and inclusion among our undergraduate students was Ending Enrollment Caps.

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BME Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee

Graduate Student Leadership

  • Samantha Perez and Adrienne Williams

    Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chairs, Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society


    The GBMES Diversity Chairs implement new initiatives for promoting diversity and inclusion in the BME department. Email the Co-Chairs.

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