Target of Excellence Hiring Program
To fully realize our Illuminate and Pro Futuris vision, Baylor must recruit, retain, and reward a diverse faculty committed to excellence. This program is designed to accelerate the formation of a diverse faculty that will advance the University's vision of whether there is an ongoing planned search and whether a faculty line is currently available in a particular department.
The Target of Excellence Faculty Hiring Program provides a pathway for departments and colleges to identify for appointment to their faculties individuals who have achieved national or international distinction and would reflect the rich diversity of our student body and surrounding community.
This program has two core pathways:
- Waiver of the standard requirement for a national search when an opportunity placement arises;
- Adjustment to a faculty line when one is not available to take advantage of a hire.
Reasons for engaging in the hiring program include the following:
- An exceptional scholar who provides a rare opportunity to diversify the research portfolio of a department or school, typically an individual of great eminence who would ordinarily not be available;
- An exceptional teacher who would not only be an innovative teacher but would also be a role model for our diverse student body;
- A faculty member who makes other exceptional or extraordinary contributions to diversity and equal opportunity in the department or school, such as a clinical faculty member with outstanding work experience that will enhance student preparation for entering the workforce;
- An academic professional who would enhance campus diversity by bringing perspectives to the community from a range of backgrounds, experiences, and underrepresented groups whose work will foster new and creative ways of involving our diverse student body in an accessible and engaging educational experience that is aimed at producing highly capable graduates.
Under some circumstances, a national search may be required, such as to support applications for permanent residence (green card) status. In those cases, a waiver of normal search processes may not suffice. In addition, collaboration with Human Resources, the Center for Global Engagement, and the Office of General Counsel may be necessary if a candidate's eligibility to work in the United States depends on being hired through specific competitive processes.
Target of Excellence Faculty Hiring Program agreements between departments and the administration vary on a case-by-case basis. Funding can come from department, college, or Provost's funds. The provost may fully or partially fund the position.
Funding of Program hires:
- Current vacancy – the college will use its budget for this hire; or
- Known future vacancy – the provost will provide bridge funding until the vacancy takes place, at which time the provost funding will be removed;
- New position funding – the provost will provide funding for the position. Proposals will be considered beginning August 1st of each year and will continue to be accepted throughout the academic year.
Proposals will assume routine routing processes, which will be through the department chair and dean before the provost review. A Target of Excellence Faculty Hiring Program proposal should include the following items in electronic format:
- The name of the proposed appointment and the unit(s) submitting the appointment;
- A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae;
- Statement of how this person fits this program;
- Explanation of how this person more than meets the campus' exacting standards of excellence;
- Indication of unit-level resources, if any, that can be applied toward the costs of the hire;
- Statement of support within the hiring unit(s) for the candidate;
In addition to the Target of Excellence Faculty Hiring Program, hiring departments are expected to engage in rigorous efforts to ensure that deep, diverse, mission-centric pools of candidates are developed in the standard search process.