“Universities and research institutions worldwide agree that diversity in their laboratories and departments is crucial not only for fostering innovation and different perspectives in research, but also for recruiting female candidates and others from marginalized backgrounds.
We are four female researchers who, in the past five years, have applied for faculty positions in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, information science, cognitive science, public health, public policy and statistics.
Collectively, we have sought more than 130 faculty jobs and had interviews for more than 50.
We focus here on our experiences as women, but what we faced on the job market was also affected by our racial and other identities — so we emphasize the importance of creating a department that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Our suggestions are one part of a broader vision to diversify academia.”