Faculty Diversity Initiative

The Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI) — a five-year, $25 million effort to recruit, retain, develop, and promote a diverse faculty — includes five key components:

Enhanced Faculty Search Practices: Recognizing that maintaining the excellence of our faculty requires casting our nets for academic talent as widely as possible, each division will establish clear protocols for faculty searches that will increase diversity within our applicant pools. These protocols will include a commitment to ensure that candidate pools reflect candidate availability, unconscious bias training for search committee members, trained diversity advocates on search committees, oversight of candidate short lists by divisional leadership, and comprehensive reporting on search practices and activities.

The FDI will help to identify proactive opportunities to recruit senior underrepresented faculty to Johns Hopkins, including outreach to professional societies for underrepresented groups.

Target of Opportunity Program (TOP): Building on the former Mosaic Program, we have established a fund to support the targeted recruitment of exceptional and diverse scholars, above and beyond planned search cycles. Divisions may request funding to support up to one-half of the cost of the faculty appointment, with a cap of $100,000 per year per appointee, for three years. TOP funds may be used to cover salary, fringe benefits, start-up costs, or other costs that would enhance our ability to recruit the appointee.

Visiting Professor/Scholar Funding: Inviting visiting faculty members to our campuses can also broaden and enhance the diversity of our academic community and cultivate collaborative relationships that may lead to mutual interest in future faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins. To that end, we have established a fund to support visiting faculty members and scholars, whether they join our community for one day or one year. Schools and divisions may submit requests for funding to provide full or partial support to visiting faculty members and scholars whose activities support departmental, divisional, or university-wide diversity efforts. Funding amounts will vary, based on the nature of the request.

Provost’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: The Provost’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will prepare postdocs for tenure-track faculty positions at JHU or peer institutions, particularly in fields where there are fewer women and/or underrepresented minorities. Awardees will receive competitive two-year postdoctoral fellowships. In addition, the program will include comprehensive career and professional development.

Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Research: The Provost’s Office is creating an award for excellence in diversity and inclusion research. It will grant one award of $50,000 in each of the next five years to a full-time JHU faculty member who is pursuing exceptional research that advances our knowledge and scholarship of any issue related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A newly formed Faculty Diversity Data Metrics Committee, comprising faculty and subject matter experts from across the university, will help improve data collection related to faculty diversity, supporting the Provost’s Office as it analyzes and periodically reports on faculty diversity data to our community.