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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 next round, 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, the 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, although joint appointments and proposals will be considered.

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

Washington State University (WSU) 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.


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.

Fall 2022 Cluster Hire Call for Proposals
(published March 18, 2021)

Fall 2021 Cluster Hire Program Announcement
(published December 14, 2020)