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Began in 2015, the UMBC Committee on Strategies to Recruit for Improving Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) facilitates conversations with faculty peers to strategize best practices for diversity and inclusive excellence in faculty searches and retention. The STRIDE Committee is a peer education committee that provides recommendations and advice based on best practices. STRIDE fellow do not create or enforce institutional policy nor do fellows approve searches.

STRIDE’s engagement with our faculty peers includes:

Focused Conversations (Campus-Wide)

  • Creating an Effective Diversity Hiring Recruitment Plan (September/May)
  • Developing Shared Evaluation Criteria (October)
  • Best Practices for Reviewing Applications (November)
  • Best Practices for Inclusive Interviewing and Selection (December/February)
  • Best Practices for Inclusive Mentoring (March)
  • Best Practices for Welcoming New Faculty (April)

Departmental/Search Committee Consultations

In these consultations, STRIDE fellows come to your department/program to work through your specific needs or concerns. Prior to the STRIDE meeting, the department or search committee chair meets with STRIDE Director, Dr. Autumn Reed to discuss the purpose, goals, and needs of this targeted session. 

Consultations focus on a range of topics, past consultations have addressed: 

  • Faculty Hiring Recruitment Plan Creation
  • Developing consensus on position description, duties, requirements
  • Strategizing an active recruitment plan
  • Diversifying applicant pools
  • Creating an inclusive job advertisement
  • Identify and selecting search committee members
  • Implicit Bias in application review and evaluation
  • Formulating shared evaluation criteria
  • Rubric review and feedback (application evaluation or interview)
  • Navigating internal applicants and candidates
  • Revising department/search search policies and procedures, including application review and interviewing
  • Interview Question Feedback
  • Developing departmental/program diversity and inclusion goals
  • Mentoring plan development
  • The importance and value of diversity and inclusion in higher education

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact STRIDE Director, Autumn Reed