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Building a diverse faculty

Faculty Diversity

“A diverse faculty is a cornerstone of academic excellence. By reaching out far and wide to recruit and hire a diverse cohort of faculty who will then be supported, mentored, and developed in a way that fosters retention and eliminates isolation, Rutgers will set in motion a self-reinforcing academic community that is committed to diversity and inclusive excellence.”

Jonathan Holloway, Rutgers University President

Building on Our Strengths

Learn more about our goal to foster academic excellence and invest in faculty diversity by recruiting new faculty and connecting current faculty doing synergistic research in priority areas. 

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

In Fall 2022, Rutgers University will welcome its inaugural cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows.

The appointment is for a two-year term starting July 1, 2022, with the possibility of subsequent appointment to a tenure-track faculty position at one of four Rutgers locations: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–Camden. 

Interested in applying for the next cohort?

Submit your application by October 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.


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How is diversity being defined?

Diversity may include but is not limited to, ethnicity, race, gender expression or sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, or other personal or professional characteristics that have led to systematic marginalization from the research and academic mission.

Promoting Institutional Transformation

The Faculty Diversity Collaborative is building a community of practice with individualized and targeted supports along the faculty life cycle to increase diverse faculty/postdoc engagement, ensure effective mentoring, expand networking opportunities and develop leadership skills to foster a sense of belonging and professional growth in the academy for all.

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Working to Build a More Racially Just Future

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice brings together scholars from across the university to use humanistic theories, methods and approaches to study global issues of race and social justice.

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University Committee on Diversity, Race and Gender

This universitywide committee formed in July 2019 is a partnership between the university administration and the union to recommend initiatives pertaining to diversity, including diversity training, recruitment, retention, mentoring, and professional development.

Faculty Diversity News

Cabaret Theatre’s Uchenna Agbu, Livingston Theater Company’s Kira Harris and College Avenue Players’ Kyle Cao on stage at Cabaret's Black Box Theatre.

For the first time in 48 years, all three student theater groups at Rutgers-New Brunswick are being led by artistic directors of color.

It’s no coincidence, said the trio – Cabaret Theatre’s Uchenna Agbu, College Avenue Players’ Kyle Cao and Livingston Theater Company’s Kira Harris. Their diversity reflects a growing trend toward inclusion both at Rutgers and in the arts, media and society at large, they said.

Hend El-Buri, director of PantryRUN, left, helps prepare packages of food with student workers Shatiah Bulger, center, and Karyna Anderson. PHOTO CREDIT: Yolenni Torres

As grocery prices have increased in 2022, so have the numbers of students turning to the food pantry serving the Rutgers University–Newark community. “We've had a lot of new users,” says Hend El-Buri, director of PantryRUN. “Many are people who have never needed to ask for help.”

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When racist, antisemitic graffiti was spray painted at Scotch-Plains Fanwood High School in 2018, officials reached out to the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center at Rutgers-Newark to help address the hatred behind the vandalism.

The effort helped ease tensions, which had long existed in both towns, and resulted in heightened awareness of bias and discrimination. Since, the center has held several “racial healing circles” in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, guiding participants to discover what they share with people of diverse backgrounds. 

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The conference, called the Annual New Jersey Convening on Diversifying the Teacher Workforce, will be held in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NJACTE). It will feature policy makers, district leaders and Rutgers-Newark faculty and researchers discussing efforts to increase the number of Black and Latinx educators in New Jersey.