Recruitment and Retention | Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Kent State University

Recruitment and Retention


The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is developing leading practices to aid in increasing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented and/or underserved faculty and staff at Kent State University.

Faculty recruitment and retention strategies have been developed and implemented which focus on recruiting, supporting and retaining faculty from historically underrepresented groups. DEI has clearly identified lessons learned and developed best practice so as to ensure diverse faculty are recruited and considered during the hiring process.  DEI staff serve as initial trainers for faculty who serve or will serve on search committees to ensure search committees are well informed in how to diversify applicant pools.

Diversity Recruitment and Retention Leadership

DEI's recruitment and retention efforts are led by Alfreda Brown, Ed.D., Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Ruth A. Washington, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion and at Kent State University.

Learn more about Alfreda Brown, Ph.D.

Learn more about Ruth Washington, Ph.D.


Support for Diversity Initiatives

Faculty and Staff Programs and Events

DEI offers the Faculty Learning Communities periodically throughout the academic year. The purpose of these workshops is to provide guidance for either new junior faculty (cohort approach) and/or tenure-track faculty aiming to make the transition from their previous institution to Kent State University or from one faculty rank to a higher rank. Each workshop has a specific focus, designed to help develop the skills needed to be effective in their creativity/scholarship/research, teaching and service as they make their way through the tenure process. The workshops focus on time management, mentoring, and reappointment, tenure and promotion. 


New Diverse Hire Networking Lunch is designed for new diverse hires, their supervisors and invited guests from the university community to network and get to know one another.  The lunch shares campus and community resources as well as information from various groups on campus to welcome new hires and support their success at Kent State University.  Formal invitations will be sent.


The purpose of this effort is to assess action-oriented initiatives, policies, and procedures that promote and support women in STEM education and research. The task force will explore ways to encourage greater participation and success of women at all levels of STEM education and research, with a specific focus on African American, Latino American, and Native American  women (students though senior faculty and administration). The task force submitted recommendations to senior leadership related to the experiences, inclusion, and promotion of faculty (and students) in STEM academic areas.  Implementation of the recommendations will begin in 2013-2014 Academic Year.


Since the creation of DEI, an annual faculty workshop has been conducted that specifically focuses on reappointment, tenure and promotion. The workshop has included: a) focus groups with faculty centered on how the university can better serve them; b) invited speakers to share best practices in being promoted, tenured or reappointed; and c) a deans panel that features KSU deans describing expectations for research, service and teaching. This year, the workshop focused on structured mentoring. For the workshop, Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), provided a presentation centered on “Gaining tenure without losing your soul.” Currently, Kent State has a university membership with the NCFDD, which provides mentoring and support services for interested Kent State faculty, regardless of ethnicity.

Financial Support for University Initiatives
Funding Assistance for Kent State Faculty, Staff and Student Groups

DEI collaborates and/or provides limited funding assistance to various academic units. Approved requests range from STEM-related initiatives to others focused on diversifying various undergraduate and graduate academic areas that are regionally or nationally underrepresented or underserved groups.

Download the DEI Funding Request Form.


Founded by Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 11,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. NCFDD is dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their academic careers. The center offers on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs. Kent State is currently a member of the NCFDD.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at or (330) 672-2442.

Provost Faculty Associates for African American, Latino American, and Native American Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Coordinated efforts are underway to strategically recruit African American, Latino American, and Native American faculty and staff to Kent State University. Annually, diversity personnel, human resources and several deans and/or representatives attend a major recruitment conference each October. One of the three Provost Faculty Associates has been assigned to aid in African American, Latino American, and Native American faculty recruitment and retention initiatives.

Learn more about the Provost Faculty Associates