Introduction

At UNC Charlotte, we are committed to the recruitment of a diverse faculty, and define faculty diversity broadly to include all ways in which individuals differ. In particular, we are committed to increasing the numbers of people from groups which have been traditionally under-represented. We strive to ensure that our recruitment and hiring practices promote our University Vision and Diversity Goal, as excerpted below.

From our University Vision Statement: “UNC Charlotte will be known especially for the individual commitment of each member of its collegial and diverse faculty and staff to extending educational opportunity and ensuring student learning and success. . .”

From our University Diversity statement: “The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability. In keeping with this commitment, UNC Charlotte actively seeks to promote diversity in its educational environment through its recruitment, enrollment, and hiring practices.”

From our University Diversity Goal: “…Increase the recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse backgrounds and foster an environment that recognizes the benefits of diversity and supports an inclusive community.”

The faculty recruitment process begins with the Provost's allocation and transfer of a position to the College. The Dean authorizes and manages the recruitment and use of the position.

Deans authorize positions for recruitment on the basis of justifications for staffing priorities that address the goals and program needs of the department, college, and University, including diversity goals and needs.

After an authorization to recruit is received, a Recruitment Plan is developed which specifies how the position will be used and how the department will recruit for the position.

What is the difference between Affirmative Action and Diversity?

Diversity has been defined as differences among people, as well as "differences among groups of people." Diversity at UNC Charlotte includes all such differences, which are valued because they contribute to the educational mission of the institution. Affirmative Action is one vehicle we use to help us achieve our faculty diversity goals. Affirmative Action is a program which includes efforts to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups or women.

Who is responsible for assuring University meets affirmative action and diversity goals?

Diversity and Affirmative Action are everyone’s responsibility. Although the Human Resources department is charged with legal compliance of all EEO/AA laws and mandates, this can only happen with cooperation from departments and search committees. Since hiring is generally a “bottom up” process, with the members of a search committee defining the pool of candidates and assessing their qualifications, affirmative action and diversity goals will never be achieved without the understanding and commitment of the entire campus community.