Diverse Faculty Recruitment

The University of North Florida has long held a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Words alone do not actualize this commitment. Consistent actions and reflection on those actions are some of the tools we use to get stronger and better as an inclusive university community. What we know is that, “Diversity is a key ingredient of a quality education, scholarly discourse and reflection. Faculty, staff and students alike benefit from learning to function within a setting that allows or demands that one adapt to the complex social structures of having to learn from, teach or work with those who are not like oneself.” University of Minnesota Best Practices In Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented U.S. Minority Faculty Handbook.

While the strategies for UNF’s Strategic Goal 2 encompass the entire university community (faculty, staff and students), the following recommendations, resources and data are intended to facilitate greater faculty diversity; especially the under-represented categories of Black, Hispanic and Native American. It is important to note that, the university’s interests are not focused on numbers or percentages for each racial category. Philosophically, we want to take a broad view of diversity and inclusion -- one that embraces “inclusive excellence” with two objectives in mind. 

Objective One: Enhance the diversity of under-represented and minority faculty.
Objective Two: Hire faculty whose heads, hands and hearts are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Finally, UNF must maintain its commitment to excellence in all faculty hires continuing its goal to hire the best qualified faculty. 

Resources for Targeting and Expanding the Applicant Pool

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program  

A database for the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program [Florida Ph.D. graduates or all but dissertation (ABDs)] provides a significant number of names, fields of study (many STEM) and status of participants. UNF currently has a membership and can access the database of current doctoral fellows, as well as alumni. 

Additionally, McKnight holds a mid-year Research and Writing Conference for fellows. At this conference, ABDs present their dissertation topics and universities are invited to attend and observe promising candidates for future employment. McKnight also offers post-doctoral fellowships for research and sabbaticals.


Finally, the McKnight program hosts the Annual McKnight Fellows Meeting/Conference in Tampa, FL during the month of October. The conference is designed to mentor and prepare fellows for employment. The University pays $350 per conference attendee that includes access to the McKnight Directory of Fellows and Graduates database. Last year, the university sent Karen and Richard Patterson to man a UNF recruitment table. 

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

A database of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) scholars has been secured by UNF. Fifteen-member states contribute to fund the development of minority and under-represented Ph.Ds. The program’s goal is to produce more minority Ph.D. students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. The Scholar Directory is a database that showcases more than 1,000 accomplished doctoral scholars and successful Ph.D. recipients who are committed to pursuing careers in the professoriate. It consists of scholars from: SREB; The National Institutes of Health (Bridges to the Professoriate NIGMS-MARC); The Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP); Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); The National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE); The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program (SLOAN). Names, field of study, university of attendance and dates of completion by Ph.D., post-doctoral fellowship and pre-dissertation information are available.  

  • SREB holds an annual conference in late October, which is attended by over 700 fellows. The cost of attendance is $850 and includes access to the database of scholars. Universities are invited to host a recruitment table. UNF participated over the last three years, collected interest cards and promoted our advertised positions. Dr. Chris Johnson attended in 2016.
  • The university collected candidates’ names and field of study information that is categorized and will be shared with the deans and department chairs.
  • Interested individuals from both the McKnight and SREB conferences received a follow-up letter from the Provost. These individuals also received a letter from the appropriate department chair.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Doctoral Directory

The CIC Doctoral Directory is a listing of under-represented doctoral degree recipients from CIC-member universities. The directory is designed to increase the visibility of alumni who bring diverse perspectives and experiences to higher education. The directory includes a free, online database available to the public. A dean or chair may search by field of study and contact the potential candidate. Additionally, job ads may be emailed to identified candidates.

Rice University NSF ADVANCE Program’s Directory

After several years of successfully leading the NSF-funded workshops to increase the numbers of women and minorities participating in academic sciences and engineering career, Rice created and maintains a valuable, sustainable database of under-represented Ph.Ds. and post docs for all universities seeking to diversify their faculties.

Ford Fellows Directory

This directory contains information on Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients awarded since 1980 and Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral and Dissertation fellowship recipients awarded since 1986.

Alfred P. Sloan Post-Doctoral Fellows

While all the above mentioned databases are impressive and extensive, the unsurpassed free database on minority and under-represented candidates is the Alfred P. Sloan Post-Doctoral Fellows. This site provides lists by field of study, date of graduation, university attended, and current faculty work experience. All listed candidates are associate or higher-ranked faculty who have completed research funded by Sloan. Sloan also has a data bank that allows a dean, department chair or search chair to create a relationship with a university at which a minority candidate is enrolled to receive their Ph.D. By developing relationships with mentor institution liaisons, other universities will learn about UNF and encourage graduates to consider applying.