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Targeted Hiring

As part of a continuing commitment to provide students with a thriving, intellectually stimulating educational environment, a gifted and diverse faculty is essential. That is why the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a Targeted Hiring Program. The purpose of the program is to attract accomplished and talented new faculty members from underrepresented groups for tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This may include individuals who grew up in economically disadvantaged circumstances, individuals with substantial professional experience working with minority and economically disadvantaged populations; individuals doing significant research on issues that disproportionately affect minority and disadvantaged populations; and individuals whose teaching or research specialty is in a field that is currently underrepresented in the University faculty.

The Targeted Hiring Program is managed by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost to further campus goals for a more diverse faculty.

This program provides up to full-salary for a period of up to 4 years at the discretion of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. There is no maximum salary for this program; however it is dependent upon the availability of funds at the time of application. It is expected that after the initial four years, the hiring unit will assume fully the support of any faculty member hired under this program.

To apply for these funds:

  1. Targeted Hiring faculty candidates generally will be identified outside the usual faculty search mechanism (use of EEO waivers). In special cases, a candidate may be identified through an on-going search; however in that situation a letter to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost should explain why the Targeted Hiring faculty candidate was not recommended to the appointing authority by the Search Committee.
  2. The candidate must have been interviewed by the department and enjoy the support of the Dean, Department Chair and a preponderance of the departmental or school full professors.
  3. A letter should be sent from the Dean and the Department Chair to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost with:
    1. an articulation of how the proposed hire will advance the educational and/or research missions of the department or school,
    2. an evaluation of the qualifications of the candidate,
    3. a statement explaining how the candidate was identified and recruited,
    4. the vote of the departmental or school full professors accounting for any negative votes or abstentions, and
    5. the candidate’s cv
  4. The letter to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost should specify a tentative salary which would be used in the offer to the candidate. The letter should accompany the signed Targeted Hire Memorandum of Understanding form

The names of persons who are hired through this Program are generally kept confidential, so as to create a climate of equity among the faculty. Questions about this program should be directed to Executive Associate Provost Ron Strauss (919.962.4510 or ron_strauss@unc.edu).