Midway College Minority Faculty/Staff Retention and Recruitment Plan 2004-2005 Mission Midway College is committed to achieving diversity among its faculty, and staff through aggressive recruitment and retention activities. Faculty and staff at Midway College understand that “minority” refers to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. Furthermore, it is our belief that diversity and diversity initiatives enhance and benefit all faculty and staff. Therefore, Midway College is committed to constructing policies, practices, curricula, and campus climates to capitalize on the synergism that emerges from a diverse faculty and staff. Action Plan #1: Advertising Academic Job Vacancies in Minority Publication The units represented in Academic Affairs at Midway College will implement Midway College’s Affirmative Action Plan, including the advertising for diverse minority candidates and ultimately in pursuing efforts to hire more minority faculty and staff. Ads for vacancies are currently placed in Black Issues in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, and HigherEd.com in order to reach a more diverse array of applicants. Action Plan #2. Hire Promising Minorities at Master’s Level and Provide Support through to the Achievement of the Terminal Degree To provide an incentive for minority applicants for teaching positions, Midway College will provide support for promising minority instructors at the master’s level or beyond toward fulfilling terminal degree requirements. Support may be applied in the following ways: 1) reassigned course loads to include time for advanced study; 2) appointment of mentor to assist in preparing and planning for classes; and 3) seeking grants to support instructor toward degree completion. Action Plan #3. Providing Opportunities in Leadership Roles for Minority Faculty on Campus Once minority faculty are hired, it is important that retention incentives are provided. Midway College will provide mentoring opportunities for minority faculty interested in leadership positions. These mentoring activities may include, but are not limited to: 1) attend ing conferences that target leadership ; 2) shadowing an effective administrator at Midway College ; or 3) chairing an ad-hoc committee. Conclusion Midway College is dedicated to establishing an environment that celebrates diversity among faculty and staff. With the action plans fully implemented as described in this plan, our goal is that we will achieve a level of dive rsity that adds richness to our campus.
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