Luis R. Fraga
- Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
- Director, Diversity Research Institute
- Russell F. Stark Professor
- Professor, Political Science
Norma E. Rodriguez
- Director, Office for Faculty Advancement
- Student Assistant, Office for Faculty Advancement &
Diversity Research Institute
The primary mission of the Office of the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement is to ensure that the UW recruits, promotes and retains an excellent and diverse faculty. Luis R. Fraga reports both to the Provost and the Vice President of Minority Affairs, and works on individual faculty cases and on institutional policy issues. In addition, he meets regularly with deans, department chairs, and other academic leaders across the three UW campuses to disseminate best practices for conducting inclusive searches and fostering collegial environments.
The Office of Faculty Advancement supports faculty research through the Diversity Research Institute (DRI). By working closely with departments and research centers on campus, the DRI aims to develop a community of scholars whose research focuses on diversity, social justice, and institutional transformation. The DRI hosts an annual conference, an invited lecture series and other related events.
Spotlight on Faculty Advancement
The University of Washington is at the forefront of a new collaborative effort to help institutions recruit diverse faculty and staff and assist dual-career couples seeking employment throughout the state. The UW, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, launched the Greater Washington State Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GWS HERC) in October 2013. The GWS HERC provides resources to employers seeking talented and diverse employees and assists jobseekers looking for work, including couples seeking employment in similar locations. The UW Office for Faculty Advancement manages the consortium.
The Office of the Provost has allocated funds for the 2013-2014 Faculty Recruitment Initiative. Funds will be dedicated to recruitment of junior and senior faculty in all three campuses whose research, teaching, practice, and community service agendas address historical, methodological and applied concerns/issues relating to underrepresented and/or underserved communities. Support requests should be directed to Luis Fraga, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.4831.
The University of Washington has been praised for changing its Faculty Code. The Code now focuses not on faculty background, but on their work, which can be performed by any faculty member regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. With the responsibility for developing strategies and policies with the Provost, Vice Provosts, Deans, and Department Chairs to recruit, promote, and retain faculty at the UW, Luis Fraga was instrumental in guiding a process that other research universities should emulate in recognizing the intellectual value of diversity and inclusion.