Coalition of Urban Serving Universities to Release New Report in Live Webcast Event

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On April 30, 2015, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)/Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) will hold a virtual release of a new report on the use of faculty “cluster hiring” as a strategy for increasing faculty diversity, accelerating research excellence, and improving institutional climate.

In addition to sharing key findings from the report, the live webcast will feature a panel discussion with higher education leaders, including:

The event will be of interest to university leaders seeking to learn from institutions that have implemented this practice, and who share the goal of building a diverse faculty body that will propel interdisciplinary research and enrich the teaching and learning environment. An electronic version of the report will be available for download after the event at urbanuniversitiesforhealth.org

Faculty cluster hiring is an emerging practice in higher education and involves hiring faculty into multiple departments or colleges around interdisciplinary research topics, or “clusters.” Although the core purpose is research excellence, some cluster hiring programs also aim to increase faculty diversity and cultivate a more inclusive campus climate, as measured by: career success of faculty from all backgrounds, collaboration across disciplines, an enriched teaching and learning environment, and community engagement. However, cluster hiring programs have been implemented in different ways with varying outcomes, and additional evidence was needed to identify key factors for success.

In June 2013, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) presidents requested new research on faculty cluster hiring and a set of best practices to support the use of this strategy for improving faculty diversity and campus climate. An advisory committee of USU/APLU provosts and other experts was convened to lead an in-depth qualitative research study examining institutions with successful cluster hiring programs.

The project was facilitated by Urban Universities for HEALTH, a partnership effort of USU/APLU with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

When:  2:30–3:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where: This event is online

RSVP: Register for the live webcast at http://bit.ly/1qPRWM1

ContactJulia Michaels, Urban Universities for HEALTH

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Urban Universities for HEALTH

Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership and Transformation of the Health Workforce), is a partnership effort of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)/Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Urban Universities for HEALTH aims to improve evidence and the use of data that will help universities enhance and expand a culturally sensitive, diverse and prepared health workforce that will improve health and health equity in underserved urban communities.

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a president-led organization committed to escalating urban university engagement to increase prosperity and opportunity in the nation’s cities, and to tackling key urban challenges. The USU includes 40 public urban research universities representing all U.S. geographic regions. The USU agenda focuses on creating a competitive workforce, building strong communities, and improving the health of a diverse population. The USU has partnered with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to establish an Office of Urban Initiatives, housed at APLU, to jointly lead an urban agenda for the nation’s public universities.