We are engaging in comprehensive examinations of faculty reporting and evaluation policies and procedures using an equity mindset. This will result in a bold restructuring of faculty mentoring and evaluation to address inequities inherent in the current model common across higher education.

  • Annual training for P&T committee chairs/Peer Review committee chairs about roles and responsibilities and best practices for creating an environment within committee meetings where diversity and inclusive excellence are valued and promoted.
  • All members of IANR Promotion/Promotion and Tenure committees and Peer Review committees have received inclusive excellence in faculty evaluation training.
  • Training for unit leaders in inclusive excellence in mentoring, faculty evaluation, and promotion and tenure.
  • Each academic department in IANR and Nebraska Extension is expected to have a mentoring plan that addresses issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness.
  • Contributions to inclusive work, learning, research, and extension environments are core expectations of tenure-line faculty members. This expectation is being written into job descriptions.
  • For annual reporting, all IANR faculty members are required to describe how they have created an inclusive learning, research, extension, and/or engagement/outreach environment, and/or how they have contributed to an environment within their academic unit, division, extension center, or workplace that is inclusive of all people and all interactions.
  • Faculty members being considered for promotion and/or tenure are encouraged to describe their contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness.
  • Inclusive excellence is a stated expectation for all unit leaders in the Institute.
    • This expectation is written into job descriptions of all unit leaders hired after 2017.
    • On reappointment, unit leader position descriptions are rewritten to include explicit expectations related to inclusive excellence.
    • Trainings on inclusive excellence are incorporated and discussed in new unit leader onboarding and in meetings with existing leaders.
    • Inclusive excellence is a regular topic on monthly Leadership Council agendas.
    • Inclusive excellence is evaluated in department head/school director annual reviews, and is referenced in documentation of these annual evaluations.
    • Our systematic way of conducting reappointment reviews for unit leaders includes a data-informed assessment of the leader’s stewardship of diversity and inclusion within the unit. This includes metrics related to faculty, staff and students; policies and practices; and climate within the unit.