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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 7, 2005

Provost Bolsters Program To Hire Minority Faculty, Highlights Diversity Efforts

With an infusion of reallocated funds this fiscal year and some big changes in the works for the next one, the Office of the Provost is significantly strengthening its Faculty Diversity Opportunity Program (FDOP), which helps colleges hire minority faculty members by supporting part of their salary. UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan said the changes are a crucial step toward reaching one of the university's strategic planning goals: "to promote excellence in education by increasing the diversity of the faculty, staff and students."

The Office of the Provost has allocated $300,000 from its Strategic Investment Fund to increase the size of the FDOP funding pool in fiscal year 2006 to almost $935,000. The university's new strategic plan, "The Iowa Promise," calls for the funding pool for the program to reach $1.3 million by 2010.

Beginning in fiscal year 2007, each allocation from the FDOP pool -- up to $40,000 to help support the hiring of a new, underrepresented, minority, tenure-track faculty member -- will be recurring, and will stay with the hiring college as long as the faculty member hired through the program remains at the university. Until now, allocations from the FDOP pool have typically continued only through the first three years after the initial hire, after which the hiring college had responsibility for fully funding the position.

"The Faculty Diversity Opportunity Program has been a very successful program. I'm very proud of it," Hogan said. "But I don't think it has gone far enough. We can do more."

Bolstering FDOP is just one of several new diversity initiatives under way in the Office of the Provost.

A Diversity Action Committee, co-chaired by President Emeritus Willard Boyd, Associate Provost Marcella David and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Executive Associate Dean Raul Curto, is working on a plan to enact the strategies outlined in the university's strategic plan. The committee's diversity plan will include new efforts to improve recruitment and retention of a diverse population of faculty, staff and students; to survey the campus climate for diversity; and to provide cultural training that will enhance appreciation of diversity and the value of an open, embracing environment.

The Provost also has encouraged the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to move forward with plans to rebuild the African-American world studies program, and to create a new interdisciplinary program in Latino studies.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Marcella David, 319-335-3555, marcella-david@uiowa.edu