Syracuse University Restarts Initiative to Hire Faculty from Minority Groups

The Daily Orange reported that a Syracuse University (SU) initiative “to recruit and retain faculty from underrepresented groups has restarted this fall despite a faculty hiring freeze.”

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According to the The Daily Orange, LaVonda Reed, Syracuse’s associate provost for faculty affairs, said that SU “enacted hiring freezes for faculty and staff in the spring to lessen the coronavirus pandemic’s financial impact on the 2020-21 academic year.” However, Reed added that Syracuse’s Diversity Opportunity Hires initiative has resumed.

SU’s initiative “incentivizes SU’s schools and colleges to hire diverse faculty members by allowing schools to cost-share with the Office of Academic Affairs. The initiative will support 10 to 15 new positions, with funding split equally between the Office of Academic Affairs and the school or college.”

The Daily Orange added that SU announced the Diversity Opportunity Hires initiative in January, and the initiative will support the university’s efforts to hire teaching and research faculty from diverse backgrounds through its signature and cluster hires programs.