Faculty Recruitment & Hiring

Recruiting and Hiring Teacher-Scholars for Mission

Colleges and universities with a predominantly white faculty drastically limit their ability to provide educational experiences that produce “an empowered, informed, and responsible student capable of negotiating the inevitable differences in a diverse society” (University of Arizona 2006). Conversely, institutions with diverse faculty provide significant benefits for everyone in the campus community. A diverse faculty is defined as one that is characterized by a “diversity of experience, age, physical ability, religion, ethnicity, gender, and other human attributes” (Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute 2004).

According to the American Psychological Association, many institutions strive to create a diverse faculty to ensure a broad representation of viewpoints, paradigms, and content expertise (APA 1994). Not only can a diverse faculty prepare students to live and work in an increasingly complex global society, a professoriate marked by diversity (1) “promotes cognitive, social and emotional growth and development in students, (2) increases and raises the level of intellectual discussion within the faculty, and (3) adds multiple perspectives, theories and approaches to scholarship and the curriculum that students consume” (Milem and Hakuta 2000).

Thus, the Recruiting and Hiring Teacher-Scholars for Mission Initiative is premised on this body of research.  The Initiative includes systematic efforts to recruit and hire an ethnically diverse, gender-balanced faculty which enhances the university’s educational goals, strategic objectives, and adds to the overall quality of the institution. Simultaneously, the Initiative provides professional development for search committee members on a variety of topics including the history of LMU, reflections on LMU’s Catholic identity, the Catholic intellectual tradition, ethnic diversity and religious identity in U.S. Catholic universities, benefits of faculty diversity, the definition of hiring faculty for mission, and legal and ethical principles and strategies for recruiting and hiring faculty. Higher education research suggests that the ratio of faculty of color to students of color is an important indicator of the institution’s commitment to diversity and the fostering of an inclusive and supportive academic environment for all students (Center For American Progress, 2014; Paulson, 2013).