Academics & Research

Health Equity & Inclusion Hiring Toolkit

Job Announcement

Go Beyond Using the Language “Women and Minorities Are Encouraged to Apply”

Use specific language that emphasizes the university’s commitment to diverse hiring. Examples can include the following language:

“The SO/CO invites applications for two openings for the position of: assistant/associate professor. The University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. The University is a doctoral-granting public institution that enrolls X number of students, including nearly X percentage of ethnic minorities. The SO/CO is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.”

Mission-Based Priorities

Faculty should communicate mission-based priorities in job announcements. Examples include:

  • Successful engagement with diverse communities
  • Development of inclusive educational environments
  • Establishment of formal collaborative partnerships that nurture cultural diversity and achieve professional impact
  • Development of the school as a learning community
  • Engagement in systematic inquiry
  • Innovation in research methodology
  • Successful candidates will evidence commitment to those priorities and contribute to the attainment of extramural funding in support of collaborative projects and increased utilization of technologies to improve professional education.

Proactive Language

It’s important to use proactive language that shows commitment to diverse hiring. Examples of proactive language include:

  • “The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.”
  • “The University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.”
  • “The University is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty and received a 2006 Alfred P. Sloan award for faculty career flexibility.”
  • “The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.”
  • “UHSC is committed to building an inclusive academic community.”

Another important step in recruiting a diverse and talented applicant pool is to ensure that any posting or advertising for positions are outlined in a way that is indicative of a fair, open and transparent search process.

Demonstrate Cultural Sensitivity

An advertisement for an open position also must demonstrate cultural sensitivity by using:

  • Gender-neutral language
  • Mandatory EEO/AA statement
  • Inclusive language, for example, “UHSC recognizes the power of a diversity community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.”

Job announcements should also include an explanation of the position duties including required and preferred qualifications, and designate a guaranteed consideration timeframe.

Online Job Boards

Job Posting Resources for Diversity in Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ( has been a leading resource for the higher education community for over 25 years. The extensive listings posted here include both faculty and non-faculty jobs at postsecondary institutions.

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ( is a long-standing top information source and sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community.

Women in Higher Education ( addresses issues affecting women on campus.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ( lists job openings.

LGBT in Higher Ed ( is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within higher education.

Historically Black College and Universities Connect ( is the first and largest community for students, alumni, and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) maintains one of the largest online diversity resume databases, with thousands of active resumes and profiles that are less than 90 days old. This site is one of the most fruitful recruiting websites for African-American professionals.

Academic Diversity Search ( is a nationwide resource is comprised of job posting advertisements, an extensive network and database of professionals, and executive search firm capabilities.

The Association of Black Women in Higher Education ( (ABWHE) lists career opportunities.

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education ( represents the presidents and chancellors of the diverse black colleges and universities.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ ( mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.

Job Posting Resources for Diverse Readerships

Inside Higher Ed ( reaches nearly 600,000 higher education professionals from every academic discipline and every administrative area, and boasts the most diverse readership of any higher education publication. Nearly 20% of the visitors to this site are minorities and more than 50% are women.

Chronicle Careers ( is a resource of the publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Although not specifically geared to diverse audiences, the site reaches a broad audience.

Higher Ed Jobs ( is the leading internet source for jobs and career information in academia.

General Resources for Diversity-Focused Job Postings

The National Black Chamber of Commerce ( is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the US and via interaction with the African Diaspora.

The Asian Chamber of Commerce’s ( mission includes supporting and promoting Asian owned businesses, as well as providing information, resources, training, exposure, networking opportunities, monthly events, and two major annual events.

The Latino Professional Network ( creates career, educational and social opportunities for Latino professionals. LPN fosters an environment for personal and professional growth for Latinos through monthly networking sessions hosted by area corporations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.

LGBT+Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies ( Officially recognized as a State Department and USAID employee association, GLIFAA advances diversity and workplace equity in U.S. foreign affairs agencies and human rights for LGBT people around the world.

American Indian Graduate Center ( provides fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States.

Professional Organizations and Associations