The Office of the Provost provides academic leadership to the university. Its fundamental mission is to champion innovation and excellence in teaching, research, creative production, and service. A diverse faculty, inclusive campus, and equitable policies and practices are essential to our success. The Office of the Provost commits itself to the following strategies to support diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus through faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement.

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Faculty Search Committee Practices to Advance Equity

Presentation and resources to engage search committee members in articulating the importance of faculty diversity, reducing implicit bias, and implementing evidence-based strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Path to Distinction

A collaboration with colleges to integrate research-informed best practices into key faculty recruitment processes to enhance the ability of faculty search committees to advance diversity and equity in their search and hiring processes. Faculty search committee best practices, resources, and tools are provided.


Distinction through Diversity Fund

A fund to partner with departments and colleges on the recruitment and retention of outstanding tenured/tenure-track faculty who will further the UI’s goals to advance its academic mission through the recruitment and retention of underrepresented U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) faculty and students.


Dual Academic Career Fund

A fund to assist departments and colleges when the recruitment of a tenured/tenure-track faculty member is contingent upon the employment of a partner/spouse.  

Faculty Support and Guidance

A guide designed to assist the campus community in responding to situations in which faculty members are targeted in social media by individuals or organizations outside the university based on scholarship, teaching, clinical care, and/or service. Unwavering support by academic freedom and freedom of expression forms the foundation of the guide, with particular attention to the unique targeting of underrepresented faculty. 


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

 UI institutional membership provides free access to webinars, resources on faculty productivity, online mentoring and networking.  


Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

A collaboration among regional higher education and community partners to assist dual-career couples, recruit diverse applicant pools, and build relationships among employers in the region.  

Build a Career | Build a Life

A website and one-page flyer featuring Work/Life and Dual-Career resources designed as a recruitment tool to feature in job ads and provide candidates with useful resources to learn about the campus and surrounding community.  


2019-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan

A two-year plan resulting from a multi-year assessment and campus engagement process to build institutional capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence on campus in preparation for the campus-wide UI strategic planning process commencing in 2020. 


Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) Trainings

Administered through the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the BUILD initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty and staff to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.