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.
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 Statement for Ads
The following statement must be included in all faculty search advertisements: Academic Affairs prioritizes recruiting, retaining and advancing diverse faculty and leadership through inclusive excellence search practices, professional development, research grants, post-doctoral fellows and other initiatives.
Academic Affairs Hiring Checklist – Pilot Program
The Academic Affairs Hiring Checklist, with a pilot program beginning Fall 2021, 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 checklist 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.
From FY21 through FY25, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will provide up to 50% funding, with a cap of $50,000, for newly hired tenured or tenure-track faculty who meet TCU’s established objectives of transforming faculty diversity at TCU.
Academic Affairs seeks to increase the number of meritorious teacher-scholars across all disciplines from underrepresented faculty defined as “American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander.”
Our transformative goal is to:
- Foster an inclusive university community
- Achieve greater diversity in our professorial ranks
- Expand the number of teacher-scholars engaged in innovative cutting-edge research.
To participate in this initiative, college deans must gain Provost approval prior to beginning a search.
Inclusive Excellence Statement: The following statement must be included in all faculty search advertisements: Academic Affairs prioritizes recruiting, retaining and advancing diverse faculty and leadership through inclusive excellence search practices, professional development, research grants, post-doctoral fellows and other initiatives.
The DEI Scholars program is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Office of Research.
The program is designed to recruit emerging scholars from a range of disciplines who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. DEI Scholars will receive a competitive annual salary and related benefits, and additional support for research and professional development. The appointment is for up to two years with a focus on research and publishing, teaching no more than one course per semester.
Over the course of fiscal years 2023-2025, the Office of the Provost will award each college/school one DEI Scholar Fellowship, three per year, renewable for one additional year. Colleges must submit an application by June 1 prior to the year in which the college will initiate the interview and hiring process.
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.
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:
- National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) – Provides mentoring, tools and support.
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity – Provides programs in coaching, mentorship and professional development, including the Faculty Success Program. Costs associated with the Faculty Success Program are covered by the school or college.
Inclusive Excellence embraces a multicultural campus and fosters inclusive habits to enable faculty to pursue intentional growth as teachers, scholars and academic leaders.
The Koehler Center offers workshops, teaching and learning conversations, and a multi-day institute for faculty at all ranks to develop and refine teaching capacities, including inclusive teaching pedagogies.
The Office of Research offers a range of workshops on fostering research and creative activity, including Inclusive Excellence Research Grants to promote action research that uses evidence-based strategies to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among the TCU campus community.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion partners with departments, schools, colleges and Human Resources to support faculty growth in cultural competence through workshops and other professional development. Topics include interrupting microaggressions, mitigating unconscious bias, intentional dialogue, and inclusive practices for search committees.
The Provost’s Office, colleges and schools provide leadership development for aspirational, incoming and current academic administrators. Topics include assessment, advancement, budget and hiring processes, legal challenges, Title IX, and use of data to make effective decisions.
Increase in domestic minority full-time faculty at TCU
Includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian-American, Black/African American, Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and Multi-Ethnic. Excludes International and Unknown.
For detailed faculty data, check the Office of Institutional Research TCU Fact Book.