Individuals receiving a rating of "3" in the "Knowledge" dimension could show aspects of both "1-2" and "4-5" ratings. For example, they may express little understanding of demographic data related to diversity, and have less experience and interest in dimensions of diversity, but show a strong understanding of challenges faced by individuals who are underrepresented and the need to eliminate barriers, and be comfortable discussing diversity-related issues.
Participated in none, only one or two limited activities (limited in terms of time, investment, or role).
Only mentions activities that are already the expectation of faculty as evidence of commitment and involvement. For example, "I always invite and welcome students from all backgrounds to participate in my research lab, and in fact have mentored several women." Mentoring women scientists may be an important part of an established track record but it would be less significant if it were one of the only activities undertaken and it wasn't clear that the candidate actively conducted outreach to encourage women to join the lab.
May have participated extensively in a single activity. Less clear that there is an established track record.
Participation in only one area such as their research to the exclusion of teaching and service.
In describing mentoring of underrepresented students, mentions specific strategies used for effective mentoring, or awareness of the barriers underrepresented students face and how to incorporate the ideas into their mentoring.
Membership in a student or professional organization that supports underrepresented individuals.
Vague or no statements about what they would do at Brandeis if hired. May even feel doing so would be the responsibility of someone else.
Describes only activities that are already the expectation of our faculty such as mentoring, treating all students the same regardless of background, etc.
States they would be happy to "help out" but seems to expect the University or department to invite or assign them activities.
Mentions plans or ideas but more is expected for their career stage.
Plans or ideas lacking in detail or clear purpose. For example, if outreach is proposed, who is the specific target, what is the type of engagement, and what are the expected outcomes? What are the specific roles and responsibilities of the faculty member?
Clear and detailed ideas for what existing programs they would get involved with and what new ideas they have for advancing equity and inclusion at Brandeis and within their field, through their research, teaching, and/or service.
Level of proposed involvement commensurate with career level:
A new assistant professor may plan to undertake one major activity within the department over the first couple of years, conduct outreach to hire a diverse group of students to work in their lab, seek to mentor several underrepresented students, and co-chair a subcommittee or lead a workshop for a national conference.
A new tenured faculty member would be expected to have more department, campus-wide, and national impact, including leadership.
Intends to be a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion within the department/school/college and also their field.
References activities already taking place at Brandeis and in the field, and how additional or new activities would advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
Addresses multiple areas of need such as the classroom climate, the laboratory, conferences, etc.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion