Affirmative Action in Hiring of Faculty and Staff
Because the mission of Connecticut College is to create an environment in which students can achieve academic excellence and prepare themselves to be global citizens, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff. Research has shown that academic achievement is higher when students are learning in a diverse environment. Furthermore, many of our students pursue jobs and careers in countries around the world after graduation.
By hiring faculty and staff from a variety of countries with different racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities, we begin to replicate the world in which our students will live and work when they have finished their undergraduate education.
At Connecticut College, the affirmative action officer works closely with all search committees to assist them and guide them, and the Dean of the College Community, who is the College's senior diversity officer, is also involved.
In our searches for new faculty and staff, affirmative action includes but goes beyond a set of specific practices: it is infused in our hiring process as an understanding on the part of our search committees that excellence in an educational institution requires diversity. That understanding generates creative strategies for attracting a diverse pool of candidates with the highest credentials.
Our search committees are guided, from the very beginning of the search process, by institutional values grounded in our mission statement, and one of the four values is diversity. The institutional values shape the writing of the advertisements, all outreach efforts to attract candidates, the process of reviewing applications, and the interviewing and decision-making processes.
The flip side of hiring is retention. Connecticut College has made a number of recent structural changes that should strengthen the retention of faculty who bring diversity to the campus.
- The traditional "Dean of the College" position was enhanced: it is now the "Dean of the College Community" position and it carries the "Senior Diversity Officer" responsibilities.
- Reporting to this position is another newly created deanship: the Dean of Multicultural Affairs.
- In addition, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines. By focusing on comparative race and ethnic studies, the Center recognizes the multiple social, historical, cultural, religious, and political contexts that have shaped the construction of racial and ethnic groups.
For further questions about affirmative action in our faculty and staff searches, contact the Affirmative Action Officer, Judy Kirmmse.
This website was compiled by Judy Kirmmse, Affirmative Action Officer at Connecticut College, and Yalidy Mercedes Matos '09.