Goals and Initiatives
Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static or dynamic. -- Evelyn Waugh
Women of UT Dallas -- Dynamic, brilliant women have been leaders at UT Dallas since its earliest days. Their accomplishments and service have contributed to the growth and reputation of the institution. They are valued members of the faculties of all of our schools. They constitute over 20% of the total tenure-track faculty, and will by 2015 reach 25%. This level of representation is a major achievement in a University focused in the traditionally male-dominated areas of natural science, mathematics, engineering, computer science, and management. Fall 2011, we added 8 new women faculty, constituting 27% of the new hires. These included new appointments in neuroscience, bioengineering, criminal justice, criminology, physics, marketing and international management. Our women faculty serve as vital role-models and mentors, encouraging and inspiring students to pursue careers in science and academia -- to be all they can be.
The Department of Faculty Diversity has encouraged and participated in the recruitment and retention of women faculty. Our Faculty Mentoring Program is of value to all new faculty, but is especially important for women and other underrepresented minorities. For this reason, we sponsor, support and promote opportunities for women and URM faculty to network and interact within and across disciplines, departments and schools. In our efforts to support women faculty, we are aided and supported by the Women's Center. Advancement of women in academia is dependent on inspiring young women to pursue careers in higher education. In recognition of this fact, we support efforts to recruit and mentor promising young women, especially in the STEM fields.
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to the pursuit of excellence. By their accomplishments, our Hispanic, African American and Native American faculty epitomize this goal. Since the beginning of UT Dallas, the representation of these groups of faculty has fluctuated around 10%. Our goal is to reach 15% by 2015.
Even as the numbers of underrepresented minority students and faculty continues to grow, there is a societal movement toward greater recognition of the multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-national and multi-cultural origins of individuals and groups. In the Department of Faculty Diversity, we support this goal while continuing to work toward increased faculty diversity across every dimension.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) -- In recruiting a more diverse faculty, we must be more effective in promoting the Metroplex as a wonderful place to live and the University of Texas at Dallas as the best place to build a career. Participation in the regional and national Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is one step toward these goals. UT Dallas is one of the founding members of the newly created North Texas HERC. Other members include the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas A&M, Commerce, Collin College, the Dallas County Community College District and Tarrant County College. For more information contact Dr. Tobey.
Recognizing Outstanding Faculty Contributions -- Each year, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement recognizes valued contributions by faculty, staff and students. The Faculty Diversity Award recognizes a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through activities or actions that contribute to diversity and inclusion at UT Dallas and in the broader community, state or world. Nominations for this award are made by students and faculty. You are encouraged to read the criteria for the award and nominate a deserving faculty member. For assistance or for more information contact Dr. Tobey.
Non-Native Speakers of Standard English -- Nationwide, one of the major obstacles to retention and promotion of faculty members who are non-native speakers of Standard English is intelligibility as it relates to classroom communication. We are committed to developing and supporting programs for assisting faculty in developing these essential skills. For more information contact Dr. Tobey.
Inclusive Classrooms -- Our faculty is committed to creating inclusive classrooms wherein all students learn to understand, respect and value diversity in all of its many facets. Our office is committed to supporting and facilitating their efforts. The Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence honors a UT Dallas faculty member whose teaching exemplifies the ideals of the University in creating a classroom culture free from discrimination. While any member of the UT Dallas community can make a nomination, at least one student or former student must support the nomination. Read the criteria for the award and nominate a deserving teacher. For assistance or information contact Dr. Tobey.
Multicultural Courses and Diversity in the Curriculum -- While numerous courses offering educational opportunities for developing multicultural competence are available at UT Dallas, not all students take full advantage of these offerings. We are committed to encouraging the participation of all students in these educationally enriching experiences, and to recognizing teachers for outstanding effort and commitment to Diversity in the Curriculum. For more information contact Dr. Tobey.
Research Opportunities for Students -- The U.S. government has recognized the critical importance of extending opportunities for research and academic careers to all of our citizens, and has developed a variety of programs targeting specific groups. Special opportunities are available for women in STEM fields, for African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and the disabled. The Department of Faculty Diversity supports and facilitates collaboration between faculty and students seeking research experience. Contact Dr. Tobey for more information and assistance.