A How-To in Diverse University Hiring
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About the Event
University of Detroit Mercy’s (Detroit Mercy) College of Engineering & Science had not had a Black tenured faculty member in the college in the past 15 years. The faculty body was not representative of the student demographic the college was recruiting. This prompted the dean to form The Enhancing Faculty Diversity Taskforce to overhaul the college’s search process to prioritize equity, validity, and diversity.
The revised process included investing in training for some faculty and staff through Oregon State University’s (OSU) Search Advocate program. Engaging in this revised process has dramatically improved the quality, consistency, and communication of the college’s search and selection process and was critical in the hiring of two exceptional new faculty members.
During this Brown Bag talk and discussion, Dr. Katherine Snyder, dean of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science, and Dr. Jahzara D. E. Mayes, assistant director of the Institutional Development for ReBUILDetroit Program and trained search advocate, will talk about their experience with their college’s revised search process. Bring your questions and experiences to share in the Q&A following the talk.
Jahzara D. E. Mayes, EdD is the assistant director of the Institutional Development Core for the ReBUILDetroit initiative. Through this role, she works toward systemic institutional change to support the educational endeavors of underrepresented students pursuing careers in biomedical research. Dr. Mayes also coordinates several learning communities with the aim of infusing institutional culture with sustainable curricular and pedagogical strategies to enhance the teaching and learning of a multicultural student body.
Katherine Snyder, PhD is the dean of the College of Engineering & Science at University of Detroit Mercy. She has also served as the associate dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering & Science and is associate professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. She is the Principal Investigator of the ReBUILDetroit program, funded through a $21.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.