Reducing Bias in Faculty Searches
Historically, women and individuals from marginalized populations have been underserved by the discipline of mathematics, with the result that the knowledge and talents of these individuals have not been available to enrich the discipline. Across the mathematical community, there is a growing awareness about the need and opportunity to foster diversity. Individuals with diverse backgrounds can provide a department with new research perspectives or methods that enhance the research work of faculty with similar interests, and may attract more diverse students and collaborators. There are specific strategies and actions departments and search committees can take to reduce the effects of bias in conducting faculty searches, increasing the opportunity to successfully hire individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. These contributions to diversity can fulfill underlying goals of a department in reaching more students and generating new mathematical knowledge.
Refreshments in Math Commons Room at 3:30pm