30, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A
new policy developed by the University of Kentucky
provost is aimed at increasing the university's number
of minority faculty.
Provost Mike Nietzel, who presented the plan and discussed
its implication at a recent meeting of the President's
Commission on Diversity, said the Faculty Hiring Support
Program reaffirms the university's commitment to a
diverse faculty and outlines goals and implementation
strategies to support that diversification.
of historical factors and institutional goals, the
program focuses on African-American faculty.
just one element in an overall strategy to improve
our success in this area," Nietzel said. "We have
a long way to go, but this will help us move closer
to our goals."
charges deans and chairpersons with assuring that
candidate pools are diverse and reporting each pool's
composition to the provost prior to hiring offers.
provost's recommendation, the president will provide
incentive funding to support the hiring of African-American
faculty into full-time, tenure-track positions. The
funding can equal the first-year salary and benefits
or a portion of the salary for up to three years.
In cases involving a full-time, senior-level, tenure-track
position, 150 percent of the first-year salary will
be provided to the unit.
African-American, tenure-track faculty hires accounted
for 3 percent of all hires, equal to that of UK's
top-20 benchmarks for the same year. To date, African-American
faculty hiring for 2002-2003 has been 11 percent,
and 14 percent of pending offers have been made to
offers a strong incentive to recruit new faculty and
to enhance the university's commitment to a diverse
education and society," he said.
said retention is a related, but separate, issue with
which he is concerned. While the university can control
some factors related to retention, the most commonly
cited ones - family concerns and geographical location
- are harder to influence.
being contemplated to combat retention problems include
mentoring programs and provision of competitive compensation
came in response to recommendations to the president
and provost from the President's Commission on Diversity.