The STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) Committee offers Workshops for Faculty Recruitment for Diversity and Excellence.  These workshops are for faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts (e.g., department heads, chairs of search committee, search committee members). The session is designed to provide attendees with both background information and advice about practices that will maximize the likelihood that well-qualified and diverse candidates for faculty positions will be identified, recruited, retained, and promoted at Texas A&M University.  In the workshops, participants will discuss best practices to reduce bias in decision making in the faculty selection process, and work to improve hiring practices in their units. 

The STRIDE workshop is facilitated by faculty and administrators who have participated in an intensive study of the scientific literature related such best practices for ensuring a well-qualified and diverse faculty. STRIDE facilitators (see below) work in teams to lead workshops on this topic for Search Committees, Award Committees, and committees involved with Promotion and Tenure. 

Fall 2019 STRIDE Training Dates


Wednesday, August 14th: 12:00-2:00, Rudder 601

Tuesday, September 3rd : 1:00-3:00, Rudder 601

Friday, September 20th : 10:00-12:00, Rudder 601

Wednesday, October 9th : 2:30-4:30, Rudder 601

Tuesday, November 5th : 9:00-11:00, Rudder 601

Thursday, December 5th : 1:30-3:30, Rudder 601

STRIDE Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to complete a STRIDE workshop?
The university requires all members of faculty search committees to complete search committee training prior to the beginning of a search.  Search committee members who have completed STRIDE and/or DOF search committee training within the past two years do not need to complete the training again. 
Is search committee training required for all search committee members?
Yes.  All members of a search committee should participate in a STRIDE workshop (with the exception of search committee members who completed a DOF search committee training in the past two years).  This includes searches for Department Heads, Deans, and APT faculty. 
Do participants have to complete the training in person?
At the moment, all workshops are delivered in person and incorporate active learning techniques, including small group discussions.  Faculty may participate via TTVN in locations that support TTVN. 
Do Department Heads and Deans need to participate in a STRIDE workshop?
Department Heads and Deans are not required to participate in a STRIDE workshop unless they are serving on a faculty search committee.  The Office of the Dean of Faculties is offering separate workshops on the introduction and use of Interfolio for faculty searches. 
How can faculty members find out whether they have completed search committee training within the past two years?
A spreadsheet listing faculty who have completed a search committee training workshop in 2017, 2018 or 2019 will be sent to each college.  Please direct any questions to your respective faculty affairs administrator.
How does the content of STRIDE workshop differ from the content of DOF search committee training workshops? 
Previously, faculty could meet the requirement by attending either a STRIDE workshop or a DOF search committee workshop.  Over time, the content of the two workshops started to converge.  So, a decision was made to merge the contents of the workshop into a single workshop.  Beginning this year, the DOF search committee training will be phased out, and STRIDE workshops will become the only workshops that will meet this requirement. 
Do faculty members need to complete the training prior to the launch of a search?
Ideally, yes, all faculty members would participate in the STRIDE workshop prior to the posting of a job ad.  We recognize, however, the current schedule for workshops may make that difficult in some cases. If that is the case with your department, we recommend that one or more search committee members complete the training prior to the launch of the search, and all other search committee members complete the training prior to the review of candidates.
What if faculty members want to register for a workshop that is already full?
We will be monitoring enrollments closely, and will add additional seats and/or workshops if the current schedule does not meet the demand.
Will there be additional workshops in the spring semester?
Yes, we will continue to schedule workshops throughout the year to accommodate different hiring schedules across the colleges.

STRIDE Committee Members

Dr. Mindy Bergman
Dr. Craig Coates
Instructional Associate
Dr. Geoffrey Kapler
Molecular and
Cellular Medicine
Dr. X. Ben Wu
Ecosystem Science
and Management
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