Initiative for Faculty Excellence and Diversity

In November 2015, President Peter Salovey and then Provost Ben Polak announced that Yale would contribute more than $50 million in resources to build on the excellence and diversity of our faculty, university-wide. In December 2019, President Salovey announced that he and the Provost are extending this initiative for another five years. In the Office of the Provost, the Faculty Development and Diversity team  is responsible for implementing this initiative, which includes the following components:

Initiative Feature Details

Recruiting exceptional faculty to Yale

As the cornerstone of this initiative, the Provost’s Faculty Development Fund will provide support for select ladder faculty and presidential visiting fellows who would enrich diversity or contribute on another dimension of strategic importance to the university.

How to participate: If a school is recruiting or has hired a distinguished scholar who will contribute to the goals that FEDI promotes, the dean or the dean’s designate should contact the provost’s office to apply for FEDI funding. 

Faculty development offerings

To support best practices in faculty searches, tenure and promotion processes, and to cultivate faculty leadership, the Faculty Development and Diversity team continues to expand resources and programmatic offerings, including:

Support the pipeline to faculty excellence and diversity through new and enhanced programs for Ph.D. students

We are committed to expanding and developing the pool of young scholars who will contribute to the excellence and diversity of future generations of faculty.  Yale sponsors a number of “pipeline programs” that help our students and alumni transition into graduate programs and into the academy, including the Edward A. Bouchet Fellowship, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program,  the James and Mary Pinchot Fellowship at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and the Diversity Fellows program in the Graduate School’s Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity.

To expand on these efforts, the Faculty Development and Diversity team has partnered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to create the Emerging Scholars Initiative supporting recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise and achievement and whose backgrounds and/or research interests contribute to this pipeline:

University-wide participation

Diversity and inclusion are shared responsibilities, and this initiative builds on many effective programs already under way in schools and departments across the university. To see a school’s efforts, click here. Each school’s designated diversity representative can be found on the “contacts” link here.

Updates and contacts

Annual updates on the efforts supported by this initiative are posted here.

Questions? Contact:

Gary Desir, MD
Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine; Chair, Internal Medicine
Phone: 203 432-0251
 
Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Faculty Development
2 Whitney Avenue
k.anderson@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-4450