Diversifying the Faculty with Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
Most universities endeavor to attract and retain a diverse faculty, focusing aggressively on advertising open positions in a variety of venues. Competing with each other for a small pool of candidates, this often becomes a zero-sum game, with the result that colleges and universities outside metropolitan areas find it difficult to attract and retain a diverse faculty. Instead of competing in this zero-sum game, we should try to make the pool larger—a win-win scenario that truly increases diversity. At Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato we are having success doing this using a pre-doctoral fellowship program.