Inside Higher Ed
May 1st, 2015
Cluster hiring -- or hiring multiple scholars into one or
more departments based on shared, interdisciplinary research interests
-- is growing in popularity. Increasingly it’s also seen as a way to
advance faculty diversity or other aspects of the college or university
mission, such as teaching or community engagement. But how effective is
cluster hiring generally, and specifically in promoting diversity and
creating a positive institutional climate? And what are some established
best practices to those ends?
A new report from the Coalition for Urban Serving Universities, the
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association
of American Medical Colleges, which have partnered as Urban Universities
for HEALTH, tackles those questions and concludes that cluster hiring
-- when done right -- is a powerful way to build both institutional
excellence and faculty diversity.