Initiative for Faculty Excellence and Diversity

In November 2015, President Peter Salovey and 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 the Office of the Provost,  the The Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity is responsible for implementing this initiative, whose components include:

Initiative Feature Details

Recruiting exceptional faculty to Yale

As the cornerstone of this initiative, the Provost’s Faculty Development Fund will provide $25 million in central resources over a five-year period for faculty recruitment, faculty appointments, and pipeline development. It will provide matching funds (a supplement of up to half the salary for three years) to support the appointment of faculty targets of opportunity who would enrich diversity or contribute on another dimension of strategic importance to the university.

The fund will also provide support (up to half the salary) for approximately ten visiting faculty each year. These Presidential Visiting Fellows will be exceptional scholars and practitioners who contribute to inclusive excellence. Information about the Presidential Visiting Fellows appointed each year is posted here.

Deans or their designates may apply for funding by nominating distinguished scholars who would enhance the excellence, inclusivity, and/or diversity of the faculty and the curriculum. When matched by resources of the appointing school, the available funding will be $50 million.

How to participate: Faculty wishing to submit a nomination should consult with their chair or dean, then submit to  the chair or dean a proposal including:  the nominee’s name, whether the nomination is for a ladder or visiting appointment, the nominee’s CV, and a brief description of  how the nominee would contribute to inclusive excellence at Yale.

Faculty development offerings

To support best practices in faculty searches, tenure and promotion processes, and to cultivate faculty leadership, the Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity 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 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 Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity 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:

Richard G. Bribiescas
Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Professor of Anthropology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
2 Whitney Avenue
Phone: 203-432-2049
Karen Lee Anderson
Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Faculty Development
2 Whitney Avenue
Phone: 203-432-4450