Inclusive Retention Strategies for Underrepresented Faculty

Last updated October 17, 2022

Course Length

1h 13m

Last Updated

October 17, 2022

Inclusive Retention Strategies for Underrepresented Faculty

Last updated October 17, 2022

Retain your talented, underrepresented faculty by identifying and creating more inclusive experiences for all faculty members


Establishing retention efforts for underrepresented faculty is just as important as recruiting, hiring, or onboarding them. We will discuss ways campuses may unintentionally fail at retaining talented faculty due to a lack of thorough and meaningful planning, including the absence of high-quality mentoring programs for underrepresented faculty. Our guest speaker, Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, will highlight key findings from her recent book, Building Mentorship Networks to Support Black Women: A Guide to Succeeding in the Academy, during the live event. Additionally, we’ll share and discuss findings from our speaker’s study on Recruitment without Retention: A Critical Case of Black Faculty Unrest, followed by recommendations for assessing and improving current retention efforts for underrepresented faculty. Using what you learned, you will identify at least two strategies for improving retention efforts for underrepresented faculty on your campus.

Who should attend?

This event will benefit faculty, faculty hiring managers or department chairs, academic leaders, diversity leaders, and human resources managers who provide direct oversight of the faculty recruitment and retention process. Individuals who have indirect involvement with hiring and retaining underrepresented faculty, such as chairs or members of the faculty senate, will also benefit from the content of this training.


April 19, 2023

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Why Retention Efforts Fall Short

Through grounding in research, participants will understand, analyze and discuss why retention efforts fall short for underrepresented faculty on most college campuses. Our guest speaker will highlight factors that contribute to an exclusionary climate including racism, sexism, and other -isms that create feelings of isolation and lower the overall success and retention of underrepresented faculty.


Models for Improving Retention Efforts

Through extensive research facilitated by our own guest speaker, you will obtain firsthand insights into her findings about factors that contribute to improving the quality of the faculty experience—especially for underrepresented faculty, who have been historically marginalized by higher education academia. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to identify and discuss at least two new strategies that you can implement in your own department to improve retention efforts.