Rutgers University President Robert Barchi announced $40 million toward the recruiting and retention of faculty on Wednesday in a letter to the Rutgers community.
“World-class teaching and research require a diverse faculty, and Rutgers is firmly committed to enhancing its faculty diversity,” Barchi wrote in the letter. “I am therefore pleased to announce that I am extending the Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative — a nearly $22 million program initially set to expire in July 2021 — to continue through fiscal year 2024, with an additional $20 million in strategic funding from my office.
“This extension will enable schools and departments to hire additional cohorts using this supplemental funding, beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. The initiative will thus total more than $40 million and underscores the ongoing commitment of university leadership to assist our schools and departments in attracting and retaining a world-class faculty that embodies our dedication to diversity and inclusion,” he continued.
Three and a half years ago, Barchi approved a proposal to dedicate $21.8 million in strategic funding to an initiative that would focus on creating a diverse recruitment pool, hiring faculty, and mentoring and retaining these scholars. In his letter, Barchi said these funds, allocated over a five-year period from 2017 through 2021, are supplementing departments’ hiring of faculty to increase their diversity.
“Under the initiative, Rutgers provides half the salary support for the first three years of each qualified, newly hired faculty member’s service at Rutgers, along with additional funds to support mentoring and retention activities,” Barchi wrote. “Since its inception in the fall of 2016, 79 faculty have been hired through this salary support program, in addition to other diverse faculty whose salaries are supported by departments and schools.”