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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/search/buildingdiversepool.html

Building a Diverse Applicant Pool

Minnesota State University, Mankato, is committed to the goal of recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse faculty and staff. To accomplish this goal, special recruiting efforts have been established. It has been stated that the pool of candidates from underrepresented groups in specific disciplines is small or nonexistent. We must develop specific strategies for enlarging the pool of applicants.

All recruitment plans must include activities that actively seek an applicant pool of qualified individuals that includes members of underrepresented groups. When the University, through the Director of the Affirmative Action Office and appropriate official/s, sets a hiring goal for a unit, the special efforts to recruit affirmatively must be exceptionally strong to be successful in meeting this goal (see hiring goal chart).

International faculty in probationary positions filing for permanent residency will, in collaboration with the University's Human Resources office, need to present evidence to the Department of Labor (DOL) and Immigration that the university used a national professional journal (i.e. print advertisement or 30 calendar day electronic advertisement). Local or regional advertisements will NOT meet Immigration or DOL requirements.

The following recommendations should be considered in the development of recruitment activities.

  • Send job postings to placement services of schools with graduate or professional programs of scholars in your profession/discipline, and especially those with high enrollment of minorities and underrepresented groups.

  • The key to building an exemplary applicant pool is personal contact; call your colleagues at other colleges/universities. Establish and maintain relationships with schools having quality programs in your profession/discipline and seek their assistance in identifying qualified candidates. Ask about current students or recent graduates of their program. Develop a log of recruitment calls to document recruitment activities (see telephone log sample).

  • Contact and encourage outstanding applicants (and nominees) to apply.

  • Take extreme care during the recruitment process to ensure an implied commitment is not made to the individual being recruited.

  • Establish and maintain contact with faculty members, unit heads and department chairs in your discipline/program unit at other colleges/universities, and encourage them to nominate candidates. Phone or e-mail them to inform them of vacancies; ask their assistance in identifying potential applicants (see telephone log sample).

  • Advertise in national or regional professional journals or newsletters of your profession/discipline, and post announcements on web sites of your professional associations.

  • Be pro-active in seeking names of individuals who may be interested in a new position when you attend discipline specific conferences. Post job vacancies on announcement boards, and be available to meet with potential candidates.

  • Use professional association placement services, and use listservs or job lists related to the field - many are free or very low cost.

  • Contact the Affirmative Action Office for a computer mail file of predominantly minority institutions. Mailing labels are available and can be ordered directly through Office Support Services using Mailfile category number 861 (207 labels).

  • Published abstracts can be used to identify post-doctoral candidates in your field.

  • Recruitment plans prepared in collaboration with other departments may be used to control advertising expenses.

  • Contact government agencies, industrial or business organizations to recruit persons in nonacademic positions who may want to re-enter the academic community.

  • Human Resources will post all job postings to the following:

Recruiting sources with specialized readership are:

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS / NEWSPAPERS

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
Website: http://www.insightintodiversity.com

Chronicle of Higher Education
Place ads through MSU HR Office

Des Moines Register
E-mail: letters@dmreg.com
Website: http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Diverse (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education)
E-mail: diads@cmapublishing.com
Website: http://www.diverseeducation.com

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Website: http://www.hispanicoutlook.com

The Lakota Journal
E-mail: editor@lakotajournal.com
Website: http://www.lakotajournal.com

Milwaukee Courier & Southeastern Star
E-mail: milwaukeecourier@aol.com
Website: http://www.milwaukeecourier.org

The New York Times
Website: http://www.classads.nytimes.com

Tribal College Journal
E-mail: ads@tribalcollegejournal.org
Website: http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org

USA Today
E-mail: cross@usatoday.com
Website: http://www.usatoday.com

Wall Street Journal
Website: http://www.careerjournal.com/adinfo/

Women in Higher Education
E-mail: career@wihe.com
Website: http://www.wihe.com

National Women’s Studies Association
E-mail: nwsaoffice@nwsa.org
Website: http://www.nwsa.org

(NWSA has many caucuses including: Disability, Jewish Women, Pre K-12 Educators, Women of Color, Women's Centers/Services, etc. There are several task forces including Asian and Asian American, Chicano/Latino, Indigenous and Native American, Science and Technology, Teacher Education, etc.)

REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS / NEWSPAPERS

Access Press
E-mail: advertising@accesspress.org
Website: http://www.accesspress.org

Asian American Press
E-mail: ads@aapress.com
Website: http://www.aapress.com

Circle Newspaper
E-mail: circlempls@aol.com

Insight News, Inc.
E-mail: info@insightnews.com
Website: http://www.insightnews.com

LaPrensa de Minnesota
E-mail: ads@lcnmedia.com
Website: http://www.laprensademn.com

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
E-mail: classifieds@spokesman-recorder.com
Website: http://www.spokesman-recorder.com

Minnesota Women's Consortium Newsletter
E-mail: info@mnwomen.org
Website: http://www.mnwomen.org

Employment advertisements printed on a space-available basis only; vacancy notices made available for “walk-ins” to review.

Minnesota Women's Press
E-mail: ads@womenspress.com
Website: http://www.womenspress.com

Women in Higher Education
E-mail: career@wihe.com
Website: http://www.wihe.com

OTHER RESOURCES

In 2004, the African American, Asian/Pacific American, American Indian, and Chicano/Latino Learning Resource Centers at the University of Minnesota were merged to create a single office called the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. The Center will post or distribute vacancy notices.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
E-mail: mcae@umn.edu
Website: http://www.mcae.umn.edu/

LOCAL PUBLICATIONS / NEWSPAPERS

Mankato Free Press
Place ads through MSU HR Office

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Place ads through MSU HR Office

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Customer Service
345 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651 228-9675
Fax: 651 228-5268

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