University of Oregon


Underrepresented Minority Recruitment Program

The Underrepresented Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) encourages departments to hire underrepresented minority faculty in tenure-related faculty appointments by providing supplemental funds to the department through its school or college following the successful tenure-related appointment of a new colleague from an under-represented group. Funds, in the amount of up to $90,000 total will be provided to the school or college in support of the hiring department or program and its faculty. The allocations are spread over three years with a maximum of $30,000 in a given year. These funds, along with other resources marshaled by the department, are to be used for implementing effective and creative start-up and development plans for the recruitment and retention of its faculty and the development of its programs.

The program is designed to make it easier for departments to compete with other institutions in successfully hiring diverse faculty members who are the top candidates in a search. The program is not used to make hiring decisions, but rather is designed to increase recruiting flexibility for departments that have already decided to make job offers to top candidates of color. UMRP funds are designed to provide support for new faculty members in a manner that is congruent with common start-up negotiation norms in the department. They are designed to reimburse departmental costs associated with providing an appropriate level of support to a new faculty member. The basis for determining the appropriate level of support may include market factors that affect the competitiveness of an offer and should be comparable to other start-ups for similarly qualified candidates (including considerations for market differentials).

The funds provided through this program are intended to contribute to the cultivation of a welcoming and positive academic environment both through support for the new hire and through corresponding support for the hiring department and its faculty. To that end, the department is encouraged to use its overall resources, including these funds, to fashion a faculty and program development effort that ensures equitable and forward-looking treatment of its constituent faculty.

For more information please visit the Academic Affairs website.


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