Faculty Diversity & Development

Hiring and retaining a diverse faculty is a top priority of Washington University in St. Louis, and is the dedicated commitment of Vice Provost Adrienne Davis.

The vice provost focuses on faculty development and diversity, supporting the needs of a diverse community of educators and researchers through distinctive signature programs and resources on the Danforth Campus.

Office of the Ombuds

The university provides the Office of the Ombuds as a resource for faculty members with appointments on the Danforth Campus. The Office of the Ombuds offers assistance in the informal resolution of campus-related conflicts and advocates for fair treatment and process. The Ombuds follows four distinctive principles: confidentiality, independence, neutrality and informality. Visit the Office of the Ombuds website or call (314) 935-7673 to learn more about this faculty resource on the Danforth Campus.

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently established its own Office of the Ombuds. Its mission is to provide School of Medicine faculty with a mechanism for voluntary, informal, neutral, confidential, third-party assistance in resolving School of Medicine and/or work-related issues, concerns or conflicts, through mediation and conciliation.

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty

Resources for Employment Seekers

The university participates in the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which offers resources for those faculty seeking employment at Washington University. Through HERC, the university also provides resources for employment decisions involving two careers. Visit the HERC website for help with your dual-career job search. For additional assistance, please contact Sherry Scheer, Director for the STL Regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Professional Development

The faculty leadership development workshop series developed by the vice provost brings in speakers, holds seminars and conducts workshops with an eye always on diversity. The series provides opportunities for faculty members to become leaders at WUSTL.

Policies and Reports

The university offers its faculty a variety of resources through the Office of the Provost regarding policies and reports, as well as a Faculty Information Handbook, that can be found on the Office of the Provost website.

Legal Considerations

The university prides itself on promoting a diverse and equitable atmosphere whether hiring potential faculty or maintaining its current faculty. Any legal questions concerning hiring, promotion, work environment or discharge for the Danforth Campus or the School of Medicine can be directed to Human Resources or to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel (OGC). For issues involving tenure, legal questions can be directed to the Office of the Provost, the chief academic officer.

Advisory Committees Devoted to Diversity

The university devotes a number of advisory committees to diversity, and task forces and committees have produced reports evaluating the university’s challenges and progress on diversity, particularly with regard to women and underrepresented minorities. View diversity reports on the Office of the Provost website.

LGBT Advisory Board

The LGBT Advisory Board works on issues that affect the WUSTL LGBT community at large. Visit the LGBT Student Involvement and Leadership website or contact Christine Dolan for more information.

Teaching Support and Mentoring

The Teaching Center provides a wide range of programs to support excellence in teaching by faculty. Faculty resources offered by the Teaching Center include:

To learn more about these and other valuable teaching resources available to WUSTL faculty, visit the Teaching Center website.

Gender Pay Equity

Gender pay equity has been a top institutional priority since 2007. The provost works closely with the Faculty Senate Council and the seven deans to narrow significantly the gender gap in compensation. Their efforts include periodic reports on gender pay equity, which can be viewed from the Office of the Provost website.

Faculty Involvement in Promoting Diversity

The Diversity & Inclusion Grant (DIG) Program engages faculty in efforts to strengthen inclusion on campus by offering grant support for diversity-building initiatives created by university faculty. Learn more about the DIG program.

Faculty Groups

Academic Women’s Network (AWN)

The AWN at the Washington University School of Medicine supports and mentors female junior faculty on the Medical Campus with professional and social interactions among the school’s female academic faculty. Find upcoming events on the AWN website.

Association of Women Faculty (AWF)

The AWF on the Danforth Campus strives to foster community, defend diversity and advance the interests of women faculty. Visit the AWF website to learn more.

Campus Diversity Collaborative

The Campus Diversity Collaborative (CDC) encourages campus conversations about diversity and inclusion and fosters a support network for WUSTL faculty and staff.

Diversity & Inclusion Forum for Faculty & Staff (DIFFS)

DIFFS strives to build a strong and influential community of underrepresented faculty and staff. Learn more about DIFFS and the opportunities it provides.


Events for the Lesbian, Gender, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community happen on campus throughout the year. Find upcoming events and information about LGBT resources.

Off-Campus Programs and Resources

The university provides a plethora of programs, grants and scholarships, as well as connections to resources outside the university offered by St. Louis-area groups and national organizations.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) provides a directory of minority PhD, MFA and MLS candidates and recipients as well as a directory of women in science and engineering. To learn more about CIC resources, visit the CIC website.

Association of American Colleges and Universities

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) provides campus practices and resources for campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy’s educational and societal mission. Explore resources and information on the AAC&U website or read its publication Diversity & Democracy on the AAC&U’s Diversity and Democracy website.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Learn more about the fellowships on the National Academy of Sciences website.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers the ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers program. Learn more about ADVANCE on its own website and other funding opportunities on the NSF website.

The PhD Project

The PhD Project is an information clearinghouse for underrepresented minorities who are interested in pursuing a business PhD to become a business school professor. Learn about faculty opportunities to get involved with the PhD Project on the organization’s website.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports diversity within research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance fields. Opportunities include programs for women and minorities, such as those promoting women in science and engineering,  The Minority PhD Program, The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) and the Leadership Diversity Program. Visit the Sloan Foundation website to explore available opportunities.

Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science

The mission of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels. Find more information on the SACNAS website.

The Southern Regional Education Board

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) aims to help states improve education. Discover programs such as the Compact for Faculty Diversity and the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring on the SREB website.

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative is a collaborative effort in the St. Louis region to help companies and firms in the region be better positioned to attract and retain a talented, diverse workforce and develop a diverse supplier base. Learn more about these efforts on the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative website.