Why BIPOC Faculty Leave Their Jobs – And How to Design Policies That Will Encourage Them to Stay

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Why BIPOC Faculty Leave Their Jobs – And How to Design Policies That Will Encourage Them to Stay

Promotion, Tenure, and Workload Policies for BIPOC Faculty Retention and Career Advancement

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Over the past decade, academic affairs leaders have focused on hiring more BIPOC faculty to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. They’ve used best practices like cluster hiringinclusive job advertisements, and implicit bias training for hiring committees to increase faculty diversity on campus. But even the best hiring plans fail without a plan for retention and engagement. What’s more, a lot of BIPOC faculty are feeling disengaged – nationwide, they’re more likely to face unequal workloads, tenure denials, and a working environment that creates feelings of isolation and burnout.

On most campuses, leaders have tried to create more inclusive climates through education, training, and informal mentorship arrangements. But these approaches leave out the fact that institutional racism and inequity is not just an individual problem, it’s also a structural problem that requires structural solutions. The good news is that your institution probably has the right structures in place: hundreds of campuses recently added a chief diversity officer or created a DEIJ strategic plan, committee, or taskforce to tackle these challenges. Leaders must now leverage those structures and resource investments to create workplaces where BIPOC faculty can thrive.


In this 75-minute working group session, join academic affairs and campus diversity leaders to hear best practices from institutions that are rethinking structures and policies for faculty retention. Learn how colleges and universities across the US and Canada have incorporated principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice into promotion and tenure requirements, and see key design features of equitable faculty evaluation and workload policy. You’ll also have a chance to workshop a policy of your own together with peers and EAB experts.

Use the drop-down in the banner above to register for one of the sessions. Sessions are limited to Chief Academic Officers and Chief Diversity Officers, or a designated delegate from either office whose work focuses on faculty reviews, equity, and/or retention. Registration for each session is limited to two attendees per institution.

  • Thursday, April 28 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Tuesday, June 28 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Thursday, July 7 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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