Focus on Diversity in the Faculty Search Process

Princeton University is committed to recruiting and retaining an outstanding and diverse faculty. In recruiting faculty, it is important to consider candidates who will be leaders in their fields and who will bring diverse perspectives or experiences to further discovery and innovation in the academy and to preserve what has long been known. Faculty research makes a positive difference for the lives of others far and wide, demonstrating what it means to be “in the nation’s service and in the service of humanity.”

There is no task more important for a department than a search for a new faculty member. Although faculty searches are time consuming, departments gladly give this time as the outcomes define the future of the department and the field. Each faculty search affects the quality of the department, as well as its environment for inclusive research and teaching.

Resources are available to support the efforts of academic departments to search for diverse talent through the Target of Opportunity Program (ToO). The Dean of the Faculty is specifically interested in supporting faculty candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and who come from every corner of the country and the globe, including members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy or in particular disciplines. For more information about the Target of Opportunity Program and the process for requesting support, please contact Deputy Dean of the Faculty Toni Turano.

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty has developed a Best Practices Guide for Faculty Search Officers and Search Committees. The guide outlines the expected protocols and best practices in faculty searches, providing committees and search officers with the strategic methods to conduct efficient, effective, fair, and consistent searches that will yield an excellent pool of candidates.