Enhancing Diversity

Maydianne Andrade
Professor Maydianne Andrade

“Our teaching, scholarship and other activities take place in the context of a highly diverse society. Reflecting this diversity in our own community is uniquely valuable to the University as it contributes to the diversification of ideas and perspectives and thereby enriches our scholarship, teaching and other activities. We will proactively seek to increase diversity among our community members, and it is our aim to have a student body and teaching and administrative staff that mirror the diversity of the pool of potential qualified applicants for those positions….We believe that excellence flourishes in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people.”

U of T Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence (2006)

The Office of the Provost offers resources to enhance the diversity of the faculty complement and address the role of unconscious bias in the academic life cycle. These include:

  • targeted funding for faculty hires,
  • improved use of institutional data on race and gender,
  • memberships for all faculty members with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and
  • unconscious bias education for faculty and academic administrators.

Resources for Faculty Members & Units

Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence (TIDE)

Co-chaired by Maydianne Andrade, Canada Research Chair and Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs & Equity at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and Bryan Gaensler, Professor and Director of the Dunlap Institute, TIDE is a group of faculty members who have come together to undergo training, facilitate talks and workshops, and provide input to the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life on issues related to faculty diversity. For more information about TIDE, or to indicate your interest in participating in future TIDE activities, please visit the TIDE website.

Strategies for Recruiting an Excellent & Diverse Faculty Complement

See strategies for recruiting an excellent and diverse faculty complement for concrete approaches to broadening candidate pools and supporting diversity at each stage of the recruitment and search process for academic positions. We encourage all members on hiring committees to review this document at the outset of their work, and hope that you will distribute this document to faculty, staff, and academic administrators as helpful. We would like to thank the U of T faculty members who comprise the Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence (TIDE) for their contributions to this document.

Unconscious Bias Education

“Unconscious bias” in academic human resources refers to the influence of implicit or unconscious assumptions in the assessment of candidates and faculty. For some groups (women, racialized and Indigenous faculty, faculty with disabilities, among others), patterns of bias contribute to underrepresentation across an institution, in particular fields, or in particular stages of the academic life cycle. Faculty members and committees tasked with making decisions about academic careers or activities can undertake unconscious bias education to more effectively (1) identify and (2) mitigate instances of unconscious bias.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

Through the University of Toronto’s institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), all faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows have free access to professional development, training, and a mentoring community designed to help academics to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. These resources will be of particular relevance to current tenure and teaching stream faculty members.

NCFDD membership offers relevant professional development training, intense and reliable support from highly trained and successful mentors, a confidential “safe space” for problem solving, and a downloadable virtual format so members can learn at their convenience.

How to activate sub-account membership:

  1. Visit www.facultydiversity.org/institutions/utoronto.
  2. Create a username and complete the registration process using your U of T-issued email address.
  3. You’ll receive a welcome email confirming that your account is active and that you can access NCFDD resources.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Loretta Ho, Programs & Faculty Development Consultant.

View the NCFDD flyer (PDF).