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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.

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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.

Inclusive Excellence Research Grant

Academic Affairs maintains TCU’s membership in:


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

2011          12%

2019          19%

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.