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Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas Cluster Hire Program

Fall 2022 Cluster Hire Program

Washington State University (WSU) is continuing a new faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality in the Americas. For the fall 2022 cohort, the cluster hire will focus on health inequities and health justice for marginalized communities; the goal is to seek scholars who will contribute to work in this area and help lead institutional transformation. WSU seeks to build a network of scholars who are committed to conducting and applying research on racism, ethnicity, social justice, power, and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization. Aside from recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty, when paired with an explicit network-based mentoring program, such cluster hires can transform the institution through the building of new curricula, research foci, and community engagement.  As a land-grant institution, Washington State University is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities that they study, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship at WSU.

By hiring in a thematic cluster, we aim to foster a strong sense of community among these new colleagues, while also ensuring high rates of retention and encouraging collaboration across departmental, college, and campus lines. While the cluster hire serves as a mechanism to attract, recruit, and retain faculty who share intellectual interests and professional commitments, each position will have a different departmental berth.

For the fall 2022 call for proposals, the community responded with 25 proposals.  The following five have been selected for funding.

  • Black Families, Kinship, and Reproductive Justice (Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
  • Advancing our Understanding of Development among Indigenous Populations (Department of Human Development)
  • Inequities in Maternal-Child Health (Department of Psychology)
  • Health Justice in Marginalized Communities (Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences)
  • Health Equity for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander People (College of Nursing)

“I am pleased and encouraged by the University’s response to each of the calls for proposals, and I’m excited to see the impact these faculty members have on our campuses and in our communities,” Chilton said. “We are aiming to continue the program for at least three years to build a critical mass of scholarship in the area of racism and inequality and a strong and dynamic network among the cohorts.”

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

Notice of vacancies for the positions can be found on the WSU Human Resource Services website by clicking here.

Questions

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


Fall 2021 Cluster Hire Program

Five new faculty members will be joining Washington State University in the fall as the inaugural cohort of the “Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas,” cluster hire program.

The program was initiated to address systemwide needs for scholarship, teaching, and outreach aimed at dismantling systemic racism and to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and student body.

“Our hiring committees were able to recruit outstanding colleagues, and we could not be happier to have these five individuals joining us at WSU,” Provost Elizabeth Chilton said. “Their diverse areas of research, exceptional teaching records, and strong backgrounds will be extremely valuable for WSU and I’m excited to see the impact they have in our communities.”

The faculty positions were created based on proposals submitted by departments and campuses across the WSU system last fall. The program will continue in 2022, and will focus on health inequities and health justice in marginalized communities.

Professor Lisa Guerrero, associate vice provost for inclusive excellence, played a pivotal role in helping to recruit an outstanding pool of candidates for the positions.

“I’m excited we’ve taken this first step to expand our capacity to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at WSU,” Guerrero said. “And I’m thrilled to welcome our new faculty members, who bring unique research portfolios and wide-ranging skills to our community.”

Read more about the faculty members joining WSU in fall 2021 by clicking here.


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.