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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, 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

Daniel Lee, director of the Student Wellness Center.

A $75,000 Hunger-Free Campus Grant from the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is helping the Rutgers University in Camden Raptor Pantry keep its shelves stocked for students facing food insecurity. The grant addresses a growing crisis that disproportionately impacts college students, a population whose food insecurity often goes unrecognized.

Portrait of Charles “Chuck” A. Wright III

Charles “Chuck” A. Wright III beams when talking about his new role leading fundraising and alumni engagement efforts at Rutgers University–Camden. “I love the focus here on underrepresented and first-generation students,” Wright says. “These students have big dreams and they go after them. To be able to support their dreams is exciting.”

Rutgers dedicated Paul Robeson Plaza on the Voorhees Mall in 2019 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the graduation of its most acclaimed alumnus.

Paul Robeson, an athlete, actor, singer and civil rights activist who is one of Rutgers’ most notable alumni, would have celebrated his 125th birthday on April 9. To mark the occasion, various university organizations and alumni groups are holding several events in or around Rutgers University–New Brunswick throughout April to honor the 20th century Renaissance man’s legacy. 

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Daniel Ortega wanted to become a physician since middle school when his brother ended up in the emergency department, but he kept his dream a secret for years because it seemed out of reach. Seeing the power doctors had to make a difference when his family received a middle of the night phone call became a transformative moment that inspired him to want to join the small number of Hispanic men entering medicine.

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“I’ve witnessed the disparities in Newark and in surrounding areas. It wasn’t fair and it continues not to be fair. I’ve always thought lawyers had super powers and I thought that understanding the law would be important in helping the students of Newark,’’ says Newark native Asia J. Norton, who is a member of the Class of 2023.