The purpose of The University of Tulsa’s STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) Committee (“TU-STRIDE” or “the Committee”) is to serve as a standing resource to build a more diverse faculty, whose composition mirrors the pool of outstanding, qualified applicants. The Committee will be drawn from faculty across the campus as well as the Diversity Advisory Council and the Equal Access and Opportunity Committee. Adapted from the University of Michigan’s STRIDE model, TU-STRIDE will promote best practices in faculty recruitment, hiring and retention at TU and provide peer-to-peer education to departments and search committees across campus.
In particular, the Committee shall:
- provide advice and counsel to Deans and Department Chairs and Search Committees responsible for developing an effective diversity recruitment plan for each search;
- promote best practices for inclusive excellence at every stage of the process: recruitment, application review, interview, selection, promotion and tenure;
- review and analyze data on recruitment, hiring and retention practices across the University and counsel departments based on data analysis;
- make recommendations to the Provost regarding best policies and practices for increasing diversity;
- lead workshops for faculty and administrators involved in the recruitment and hiring process;
- meet with department chairs, faculty search committees and department members involved with recruitment and retention to strategize on ways to improve faculty diversity outcomes; and
- other related tasks.
The Committee shall be comprised of faculty leaders from each of the colleges, and faculty representatives of the Diversity Advisory Council and the Equal Access and Opportunity Committee respectively. The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Vice President for Diversity and Engagement and the Director of Human Resources will serve as ex officio members and may present items for consideration.
Each collegiate dean will nominate two candidates to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Vice President for Diversity and Engagement. The Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council Faculty Diversity Recruitment Subcommittee (“DAC Subcommittee”) and Chair of the Equal Access and Opportunity Committee (“EAOC”) will each nominate two faculty member(s).
Faculty representatives to TU-STRIDE serve three-year terms, with the exception of the first cohort when, staggered one-, two- and three-year terms will be established by lot. Terms of TU-STRIDE Committee members run from July 1 through June 30. When a faculty vacancy occurs, the respective dean will nominate two faculty for each vacancy. When a vacancy on the DAC Subcommittee or EAOC occurs, the Chairs of those committees will nominate one/two faculty member(s) for each vacancy.