2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference

Recruiting a Critically Diverse and Inclusively Excellent Faculty through STRIDE Peer Education

Presented at Faculty Track - Technical Session IV

This paper shares our institution’s adaptation of the work of the University of Michigan’s peer education Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) to advance our efforts to recruit a more diverse and inclusively excellent faculty. In our iteration of STRIDE, six highly respected faculty fellows facilitate conversations and activities with search committees and departments to help them identify and implement actions to reduce implicit bias throughout the lifecycle of faculty searches. This paper details the institutional context of our committee’s creation, describes our four-part recruitment-focused conversation series, and reflects on our progress and lessons learned. Through this review of STRIDE’s peer education activities and approaches, we hope to support the efforts of other institutions to design and implement their own recruitment practices to foster faculty diversity and inclusion.

  1. Dr. Autumn Marie Reed University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
  2. Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
  3. Dr. Elsa D. Garcin University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
  4. Dr. Wayne G. Lutters University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
  5. Dr. Susan McDonough University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
  6. Christopher Murphy University of Maryland, Baltimore County [biography]
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