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Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas Cluster Hire Program

Washington State University (WSU) has launched a new faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality in the Americas; the goal is to seek scholars who will contribute to work in this area and help lead the institutional transformation. WSU seeks to build a network of scholars who are committed to conducting research on racism, ethnicity, social justice, power, and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization.

Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton initiated the program to address departmental needs for faculty specializing in areas of equity and diversity, and the community responded with 27 proposals.  The following five have been selected for funding in the fall 2021 program.

“We are encouraged by the response to the call for proposals and very much look forward to partnering with these new faculty members in advancing our land grant mission,” Chilton said. “The past year, in particular, exposed the need for greater research and scholarship aimed at dismantling systemic racism and we’re thrilled to recruit faculty who will broaden and deepen our commitment to racial equality in a wide array of disciplines.”

These new faculty members will help address significant needs within each unit and help to break ground in new areas of research and scholarship.

Application Instructions

Applications for the positions will be accepted beginning on December 16, 2020; initial review of applications will begin on January 16, 2021. For more information and application instructions, please click here.


Questions can be directed to Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, at (509) 335-5581 or

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently-separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility.

Cluster Hire Program Announcement
(published December 14, 2020)