Faculty Expectations

We seek future faculty who have or will make substantial contributions to advancing our commitment to diversity.

It is university policy that a candidate's race, gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics not be considered in evaluation or selection for faculty appointments.  However, to attract candidates who will contribute to the university's commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, search committees may consider past or proposed contributions to diversity as part of the overall review process.

We highly welcome candidates who have an understanding of the barriers facing women and domestic minorities in science careers or higher education careers generally (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to: teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

All faculty candidates are asked to submit a personal contributions to diversity statement. Each candidate is evaluated on their past and/or planned contributions to diversity during the selection process, and the search committee chair submits an evaluation of each candidate on the short list prior to the interview process. These evaluations are reviewed in the recruit process by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, the divisional Equity Advisor, and the office of ADEO, prior to submission to the divisional dean for approval.

For more information about contributions to diversity, visit the UC San Diego Faculty Equity website.

For sample diversity statements, please see:

Current faculty can find out more about how to get involved.


James Nieh

Faculty Equity Advisor

James Nieh is the Division of Biological Sciences Faculty Equity Advisor. He provides advice and information about practices that advance faculty diversity and excellence. Dr. Nieh works closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity (AVC-FE), and the equity advisors from the other UC San Diego Divisions. As a group, these faculty members are charged with changing practices and culture that are barriers to faculty equity at UC San Diego.


Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity (AVC-FDE) is an experienced campus leader steering this effort through policy development, community building, and resources. They support the Faculty Equity Advisors and are available to deans, chairs, search committees, and faculty for guidance on issues related to diversity and equity.

The AVC-FDE is an ex-officio members of the Divisional Diversity Committee.

Ideas or Questions?

Please e-mail us at divcomm@biology.ucsd.edu.