The Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, in collaboration with in internal and external partners, will provide workshops on effective/best practices faculty search process for Department Chairs, search committee chairs, search committee members, program directors, and Associate Chairs. These workshops or seminars will be offered on annual basis, not only on effective faculty search process, but will also focus on faculty retention (department, college and institutional climate). The newly developed comprehensive university-wide faculty search handbook will be used as one of the tools for these sessions. Here are some examples:
The Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE) is a nationally recognized group that was formed in January 1992 as a unique resources for education in diversity. Interactive theatre combines live theatre and audience participation to foster dialogue on a wide variety of problematic workplace issues that are challenging for faculty and staff at all levels. Participants leave CITE presentations with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of problematic interactions in the workplace, with a visceral impression of the impact such problems can have on members in a workplace community, and with strategies for managing and preventing such problems.
CITE presentations have been designed and implemented for academic institutions, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, professional groups, conferences, government agencies, and hospitals. Whether the goal is to heighten awareness, build problem-solving skills, or provide a bridge between theory and application, each CITE presentation is tailored to the identified needs of each participant group.
CITE received Cornell University’s prestigious James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony. The prize is awarded to the organization making the most significant contribution to furthering the ideal of community while respecting the values of diversity. This group has offered workshops for faculty and faculty search committees at Cornell, Princeton, Penn and more.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, faculty searches should be conducted using an online applicant tracking system which will allow applicants to place their applications online and also provide the ability to report real time Affirmative Action/EEO information on the candidate pool. The Provost’s Office is sponsoring the use of a system titled AcademicJobsOnline. During the workshop the major attributes of the system will be reviewed as well will be present to review new guidelines pertaining to diversifying the pool of applicants for faculty searches.