Faculty Diversity Initiative Awards and Programs
The Faculty Diversity Initiative includes several elements that provide funding or awards to support the mission of attracting and retaining a diverse and highly qualified pool of faculty. The application or nomination information for each one is below.
Target of Opportunity Program
The Target of Opportunity Program (TOP) creates a funding pool to support opportunistic recruitment of external exceptional and diverse scholars outside of planned search cycles has been established. Schools and divisions may request funding to support up to one-half of the cost of the faculty appointment, with a cap of $100K/year per appointee, for three years. TOP funds may be used to cover salary, fringe benefits, start-up, or any other allowable cost that would increase the compensation package of the appointee, such as support for a critical secondary appointment (e.g., spousal appointment, research staff, etc.). Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis, subject to available funding.
Multiple requests from a school/division must include a priority ranking.
Step 1 - After a faculty member or department identifies an outstanding candidate, the candidate’s information should be brought to the attention of the school/division vice/associate dean of faculty affairs.
Step 2 - If the school/division leadership concurs with an off-cycle faculty recruitment, the sponsoring department must complete a Request for Target of Opportunity (TOP) Faculty Search Waiver.
Step 3 – An authorized representative from the Dean’s Office submits a proposal by email to FacultyAffairs@jhu.edu that includes the following information:
- Candidate’s CV
- Request for Target of Opportunity (TOP) Faculty Search Waiver and
- Cover memo (three pages maximum), addressing the five areas below:
- An assessment of the scholarly accomplishments and the teaching contributions of the candidate (candidate’s credentials and/or record must be of commensurate quality hired in national searches);
- How hiring the candidate would advance the overall scholarship, research, educational programs, and/or strategic objectives of the unit;
- How hiring the candidate aligns with the unit’s diversity action plan;
- The strength of the unit’s support of the candidate (faculty concurrence and financial support); and
- The unit’s demonstrated record of promoting diversity.
Step 4 – The Provost’s Office issues a response, either (i) authorizing the recruitment and earmarking the funding request; or (ii) denying the request for funding.
Final approval/fund transfer is conditioned on submission of an offer letter to the Office of the Provost.
Visiting Professor/Scholar Funding
The Visiting Professor Program is designed to provide a funding pool to support visiting faculty and scholars. Visiting professorships that provide maximum flexibility to departments, while encouraging and incentivizing faculty diversity programming, is a key component of the FDI. It is our hope that increased interactions with the members of our vibrant campus community will lead to future faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins.
Schools and divisions may submit requests for funding to provide full or partial support to visiting faculty/scholars whose activities support unit or school diversity goals. The duration of the visit may vary, from one day, up to one year. Funding amounts will vary, and will be based on the nature of the request. Approvals will be based on an assessment of how the visiting professor/scholar will support divisional and possibly campuswide diversity initiatives and priorities.
Requests for visiting professor/scholar funds will be accepted on a rolling basis until 2016-17 funding has been awarded.
Allocations will be made in order of receipt. Multiple requests from a school/division must include a priority ranking.
Step 1 - After a faculty member or department identifies an outstanding scholar whom they would like to invite to campus, the candidate’s information should be brought to the attention of the school/division vice/associate dean of faculty affairs.
Step 2 - If the school/division leadership concurs with the recommendation, an authorized representative from the Dean’s Office submits a request by email to FacultyAffairs@jhu.edu that includes the following information:
- Candidate’s CV
- Cover memo (three pages maximum), addressing the three areas below:
How bringing the scholar to campus would advance the overall scholarship, research, educational programs, and/or strategic objectives of the unit;
The kinds of activities the visiting scholar will engage in while on campus (both within the school/division and across campus); and
The proposed duration of the visit.
The visiting appointment should conform to school/division appointment requirements and guidelines, if applicable.
Step 3 – The Provost’s Office issues a response, either (i) authorizing the recruitment and earmarking the funding request; or (ii) denying the request for funding.
Funding is conditioned on the appointment of the candidate; schools and divisions are expected to expedite recruitments, or risk loss of the earmark.
Provost's Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Programming Grants
Nominations closed Monday, January 9, 2017.The Provost’s Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to locate, promote, and nurture the work of outstanding early career postdoctoral scholars at Johns Hopkins University. The program will prepare participants for faculty positions at Johns Hopkins or elsewhere, particularly in fields where there are fewer women or members of underrepresented minorities. A successful nominee will be someone with diverse life experiences and background who has potential for both a successful fellowship and a possible future tenure-track faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins.
The fellowship provides support for up to one year of salary (using the NIH NRSA scale), fringe benefits, and a small research award. Applications for the fellowship must be submitted by the Johns Hopkins faculty member who will serve as the postdoctoral scholar’s primary mentor (team mentoring is encouraged but not required); applications directly from candidates will not be accepted.
Nominees may be graduate students from Johns Hopkins and other institutions who have completed a doctoral degree or will complete their requirements by the fellowship start date; current JHU postdoctoral scholars, or individuals coming to JHU with postdoctoral training from other institutions, who received their degrees within the last three years; or professional applicants (MD, JD, etc.) who are within three years of completing their professional or clinical training.
Nominations are open from any area of study. Priority consideration will be given to nominees in fields where there are fewer women or underrepresented minorities and to individuals whose funding has been exhausted.
- To apply, faculty mentors should email the following to FacultyAffairs@jhu.edu:
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae;
- A personal statement (maximum three pages) from the nominee that describes past research accomplishments; future research goals, both during and after the fellowship; and commitment to pursuing an academic career.
- A letter of support from the faculty mentor that describes: length of time and capacity in which they know the nominee; nominee’s strengths, weaknesses, and performance relative to those of other fellows; how the nominee would contribute to the diversity of his or her division and academic community; nominee’s potential as a future faculty member; and a mentorship plan that includes professional and scholarly activities to be undertaken during the nominee’s fellowship that will advance his or her preparation for a tenure-track faculty position.
Faculty members submitting nominations agree to serve as the nominee’s primary mentor and are assumed to have obtained appropriate approval for recruitment from their department/division director.
The Provost’s Office will also fund a limited number of small (up to $3,000) grants for cross-disciplinary programming and professional development activities that will enhance mentoring and scholarly productivity for women and underrepresented minority postdoctoral scholars. Cross-disciplinary activities must involve more than one Johns Hopkins division.
Applicants must email a brief proposal and funding request (less than three pages) to FacultyAffairs@jhu.edu that includes the following:
- project leader(s) and contact information;
- list of JHU divisions involved;
- description of how the funds will be used; and
- project timeline and budget.
For additional details, please contact the Provost’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity
Now accepting nominations through April 10, 2017
Current full-time Johns Hopkins faculty members in any discipline with bodies of work focused on diversity and inclusion are eligible for the $50,000 Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. Faculty members are invited to nominate a colleague, or self-nominations are encouraged.
The prize acknowledges faculty efforts across a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as international affairs, business, education, science, health, public policy, the arts, and other fields. For the award, diversity is broadly defined and includes issues related to underrepresented minorities, women, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities.
A 10-member committee representing all nine academic divisions will review the nominations and recommend a winner to the vice provost for faculty affairs.
The winner will be honored at the Diversity Leadership Council's annual awards ceremony, to be held May 16, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Homewood campus's Glass Pavilion.
Please note: Previous prize winners and finalists are ineligible to apply the following contest year.
Nominations must include:
A letter (two pages maximum) describing how the nominee's body of work promotes the advancement of understanding, acceptance, and/or solidarity for the confluence of cultures that embody the global world. (Self-nominations require a one-page cover letter from the nominee and a two-page letter of support from a full-time Johns Hopkins faculty member.)
A statement from the nominee (two pages maximum) describing the contribution his or her work makes to the advancement of diversity.
The nominee's CV, clearly noting his or her division and department.
Submissions must be emailed to FacultyAffairs@jhu.edu by April 10, 2017. For more information, contact Larry Williams, provost's fellow for faculty affairs, at the same email address.