Senate hears reports on diversifying the faculty and improving the leadership climate on campus

To make more progress in diversifying the faculty, Stanford must continue its concerted efforts to hire more female and minority faculty members, C. Matthew Snipp, senior associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Stanford, told the Faculty Senate on Thursday.


C. Matthew Snipp and Karen Cook standing before the senate.

Professors C. Matthew Snipp and Karen Cook presenting a report on faculty diversity to the senate on Thursday. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)


Speaking at the May 26 meeting, Snipp said two Stanford programs – the Faculty Development Initiative and the Faculty Incentive Fund – have significantly contributed to the growth of female and minority faculty at Stanford over the last decade.

Stanford launched the Faculty Development Initiative (FDI) to hire emerging and established scholars whose research focuses on the complex study of race and ethnicity.

Under the FDI, Stanford has created 15 new faculty positions in departments and schools, said Snipp, who is also a professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Fourteen faculty are currently working at Stanford.

He said Stanford recently hired its 15th scholar: Jackelyn Hwang, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and in sociology with honors at Stanford in 2007, followed by a PhD at Harvard University. Hwang will join the university as an assistant professor of sociology in September 2017.

“I’m happy to say that of the assistant professors that have been recruited under the FDI, two have come up for tenure review and both of them were successful tenure cases – so that’s very good news,” Snipp said.

He said Stanford anticipates hiring two additional faculty through the FDI program this year.

The FDI is jointly administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and CCSRE.

Under the Faculty Incentive Fund, which was established to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, Stanford hired 84 faculty members between 2005 and 2015, including 67 women and 17 men, most of whom are still on the faculty. Among the 84 hires, 47 are minorities, including 30 people from underrepresented minority groups (Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander).

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