Building on Inclusive Excellence

The Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) faculty hiring program strives to diversify the faculty by focusing tenure-track faculty searches on candidates who meet criteria aligned with SDSU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In Fall 2019, the original BIE program (see History of the Program below) was suspended; however, the original criteria are being used in a process for a special cohort of accreditation-related searches approved to begin in December 2019. 

For the purposes of the BIE, underrepresented populations refer to the following groups: African-American, Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander, groups of varying abilities, women in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or any other group that has been documented as underrepresented in the candidate’s academic discipline. The criteria do not require the candidate to identify as part of an underrepresented population. Instead the criteria are designed to assess the candidate’s demonstrated commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations.

For the BIE searches approved in December 2019

In December 2019, Provost Ochoa approved searches for 17 new faculty lines, to assist programs facing accreditation risk. As a condition of hiring for these 17 positions, they must be filled by candidates who meet at least three of the eight BIE criteria. All departments receiving these lines have been notified via email and provided information on this process. Please see the Hiring Guide for additional assistance with faculty searches. 

Departments that received one of the 17 BIE lines were notified in December 2019 and the Deans and chairs of those departments have received information via email. If your department was approved for a search prior to December 2019, that search is not subject to the requirements described here. It is also important to note that the old BIE program has been suspended so for searches initiated earlier in AY1920, there are no additional BIE lines for which you may apply as in past years. 

The candidate...

  1. Is engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education
  3. Has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  4. Integrates understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  5. Extends knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  6. Is committed to research that engages underrepresented communities
  7. Shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  8. Has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

The original BIE program was developed by the strategic plan working group on the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty, reviewed and approved by the Senate committees on Faculty Affairs, Diversity, Equity, and Outreach (now Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Academic Policy and Planning, and Academic Resources and Planning, and authorized by the Provost. Modifications to this process were made in response to findings from the BIE self-study from the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty and from the Academic Dean’s Council. Subsequent changes were reviewed and approved by the Senate committee on Diversity, Equity, and Outreach.

Under the original program, a small pool of tenure-track faculty lines were set aside each year. Departments conducting regular faculty searches could then apply for one of those additional lines if they had qualified finalists who met two or more BIE program criteria.