Faculty and Staff
Academic Affairs prioritizes recruiting, retaining and advancing diverse faculty and leadership to enrich the TCU academic experience and expand our culture of connection.
VITAE (Value Inclusion to Attain Excellence), a target of opportunity program, is designed to attract highly accomplished faculty members from historically underrepresented communities for tenure track or tenured appointments at TCU.
In partnership with the Chancellor, the Provost offers postdoctoral fellowships or visiting professorships for promising recent PhDs whose academic training, teaching areas, background and experiences will contribute to diversity and stellar scholarship at TCU. One postdoctoral fellow from a specific discipline is sought each year.
Required for all hiring in Academic Affairs:
- Selection committee training
- Recruitment plan that identifies and documents strategies used to reach a diverse applicant pool
- Advertisement in higher education publications targeted to diverse professionals
- Assessment rubric that reflects evaluation criteria
- Applicants must submit a DEI statement as a mandatory part of the application portfolio
Hiring Check List
The Academic Affairs Hiring Check List draws on inclusive excellence best practices originally developed in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, recommended and supported by the DEI Committee, and refined following recommendations from the College Diversity Advocates. The Check List is an important tool for all hiring in Academic Affairs, enabling us to fulfill the strategic priority in Vision in Action: Lead On to promote the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff, especially faculty and staff who identify with populations who have been historically underrepresented in higher education.
To promote inclusion and equitable outcomes in everything that we pursue, the Inclusive Excellence Research Grant program supports practitioner research in existing programs, as well as new initiatives, to apply evidence-based research strategies and promote institutional and community change in Inclusive Excellence.
Academic Affairs maintains TCU’s membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which enables faculty to participate in a variety of programs, including the Faculty Success Program for coaching, mentorship and professional development. Costs associated with participation in the Faculty Success Program are covered by the faculty member’s school or college.
Inclusive Excellence embraces a multicultural campus and fosters inclusive habits that go beyond required compliance training. This includes training and professional development to further expand cultural understanding, employ inclusive practices, and reduce or eliminate unconscious bias, blind spots and microaggressions.
In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Provost’s Office supports the following goals:
- Establish a campus-wide DEI training plan.
- Set training adoption growth goals and metrics.
- Build a DEI training certificate program.
- Focus on unconscious bias, microaggressions and everyday inclusion.
- Apply to real-world scenarios and skill-building goals.
- Place a premium on women and minorities in leadership.