Seeking diversity automatically leads us to excellence
Just as focusing on excellence inevitably leads us to diversity.
— William C. Steele
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to achieving diversity and inclusion on our campus. This commitment is articulated by our President David E. Daniel's Statement on Diversity and forms the basis for the mission of the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. This commitment dates from our earliest years and is preserved in a 1965 video of Eric Jonsson, co-founder of UT Dallas and Texas Instruments, and Mayor of Dallas.
The program for faculty diversity is specifically charged with increasing the diversity of our faculty through recruitment and retention, and for promoting diversity in the curriculum and inclusion in our classrooms.
You are invited to learn more about the Mission and Philosophy, about our current status, and about our goals and initiatives. To learn more about the individuals who constitute our diverse faculty, visit our faculty spotlight. If you are a UT Dallas student, you are invited to peruse a list of courses which focus on diversity and/or promote multicultural understanding and expertise. If you are an academic, we hope you will read and consider the listing of faculty openings and opportunities at UT Dallas. If you are a perspective faculty member, the family member of a faculty candidate or a perspective student, we invite you to learn more about the lifestyle opportunities at our University in Richardson, Plano and Dallas, in the UT Dallas suburbs and in the larger Metroplex. We offer assistance to family members who are seeking employment or educational opportunities through the North Texas HERC and through cooperation with area institutions of higher learning.
The Department of Faculty Diversity as one of five departments in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement was created in June, 2007. Dr. Frances J. Freeman, retired faculty, assumed the half-time position as Assistant Vice President for Faculty Diversity in March, 2009. Dr. Emily A. Tobey, Associate Provost, assumed the position as Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity in 2012. The creation of this Office resulted from the efforts of the University Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity (formerly the Core Committee or the Support of Women and Minorities) consisting of eleven members, and currently chaired by Dr. Peter Park, Assistant Professor of History. The Department of Faculty Diversity works closely with the University Committee to develop and support programs designed to increase the diversity of our faculty through recruitment and retention, and to ensure that our University provides an inclusive learning and working environment. Diversity at UT Dallas owes a special debt to Dr. Abby Kratz, Associate Provost, who has provided leadership in this endeavor for many years.
Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain