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Writing the Job Ad

  1. Think about how the position fits within the strategic pathway of the department, college and University, and convey this sense in the job description.
  2. Establish the initial (required) and secondary (preferred) criteria prior to writing the job ad, as these should guide the requirements stipulated in the ad.
  3. Keep the job description as broad as possible to increase the number and diversity in the applicant pool, though be as specific as possible regarding the areas/expertise sought.
  4. Make the job description exciting and portray the opportunity as special, noting the strengths of the University and its many new programs and achievements. The job description should not simply be a mundane, legalistic-sounding list of requirements and capabilities.
  5. Add criteria that encourage diverse perspectives and experiences.
  6. Beyond the usual primary job responsibilities and qualifications, also consider including:
    1. The importance of issues of diversity
    2. The value placed upon those who can share and teach differing points of view
    3. A description of an atmosphere where ethnic minority faculty members can receive support from other ethnic minority faculty members
  7. Include the statement of diversity and inclusion and other information indicating commitment to building a diverse community

Diversity Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving an equitable, diverse and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Statements that highlight student composition, for example:

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2021, approximately 25% of OU’s freshmen were first-generation students, 38% of all students belonged to a minority race/ethnicity and 3% were international.