To contribute to Stanford’s ongoing commitment to promoting the comparative study of race and ethnicity and to promoting faculty diversity, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), in collaboration with the Provost, launched the Faculty Development Initiative (FDI). Announced by the Provost in spring 2007, the FDI’s primary goal is to facilitate the appointment of outstanding faculty across the University that will help expand the research and teaching mission of the CCSRE. The Initiative is designed to recruit outstanding emerging and established scholars, promoting faculty diversity and leading-edge scholarship across disciplines to advance race and ethnicity studies in the U.S. and around the world. The Faculty Development Initiative creates a collaborative environment where schools and departments participate in a multifaceted recruitment and appointment project to hire junior and senior faculty in subject areas focusing on issues of race and ethnicity. The initiative is a collaborative arrangement between the CCSRE, the Office of the Provost (through the Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Diversity, Professor Matt Snipp), the Office of the Dean of H&S, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. An Advisory Group consisting of senior faculty provides advice and consultation for the initiative.
The FDI is directed by C. Matthew Snipp, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences.