Recruitment discussions or “breakfasts/luncheons” recognize that our efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty are linked early in the hiring process. On campus visits provide an opportunity not only to evaluate candidates thoroughly, but also to demonstrate the College’s commitment “to building a diverse and inclusive community” and to do the recruitment work necessary to make faculty diversity a reality.
Recruitment discussions are designed to provide women candidates and/or candidates of color with the opportunity to talk with faculty outside of the evaluation process- informally and perhaps candidly- about the College and the broader community. This is an opportunity for candidates to meet women faculty and/or faculty of color, who may or may not be well-represented in the hiring unit and at other stages of the interviewing process. It is an opportunity for the College to draw on the diversity of faculty throughout the College to support recruitment in departments and/or programs that have remained overwhelmingly white and/or male. In addition, candidates might glimpse what a peer cohort at Williams could be, and for this reason efforts are made to invite faculty beyond the hiring department or program, who share some intellectual interests, methodological approaches, or the same division as the candidate. Some hiring units invite the faculty member to attend the candidate’s job talk (in a strictly non-evaluative capacity).
Although OSPID stands ready to arrange recruitment discussions for women candidates and/or candidates of color, departments and programs can organize these and can arrange them for all of their candidates. If a department/program arranges their own discussions, the Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity is happy to help identify faculty to invite. Breakfasts often work well on the candidate’s departure day, but other scheduling opportunities exist.