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Faculty Advancement

All OFA programming aims to provide campus, college, school, and unit leadership with the tools and resources necessary to enhance excellence through diversity and to build and retain a more inclusive faculty.

Events and Announcements

  • UPDATE: The Handbook of Best Practices for Faculty Searches has been updated effective February 2024. For the newly updated Handbook, visit
  • Join the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) with UW’s institutional membership and get access to mentoring, tools, and support to be successful in the Academy. Register to become a member at and stay updated with news and support opportunities. Office for Faculty Advancement support opportunities for upcoming Fall and Spring sessions to be announced later.
    • Upcoming Fall 2024 FSP dates: September 30 – December 8
      • 8/1 – Fall 2024 FSP early bird registration starts
      • 8/26 – Fall 2024 FSP early bird registration ends
    • Spring 2025 FSP dates: January 27 – April 6
      • 10/20 – Spring 2025 early bird registration starts
      • 11/15 – Spring 2025 early bird registration ends


The Office for Faculty Advancement supports a range of major programs:

  • Handbook of Best Practices for Faculty Searches and Online Toolkit – a concise Handbook divided into six steps of the search process, supported by an expansive Toolkit of sample materials and additional resources.
  • Faculty Recruitment Initiative – funds provided by the Office of the Provost to enrich competitive recruitment offers for new hires that will enhance a unit’s diversity profile in research, teaching, service, and/or outreach.
  • DEI STEM Faculty Recruitment Initiative – funds provided by the Office of Research to assist in the recruitment of faculty in the STEM disciplines (broadly defined) with a proven history of supporting and mentoring BIPOC students, post-docs, and/or early-career colleagues; conducting research that benefits underrepresented or underserved communities, and/or significantly participating in programs and activities that are aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in their field.
  • Faculty Retention Initiative – funds provided by the Office of the Provost to enrich critical retention efforts for colleagues whose research, teaching, service, and/or outreach assists the university in meeting its goals for diversity and inclusion.
  • NW Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GWS HERC) – our regional chapter of a national organization focused on increasing access to talented and diverse applicant pools and improving collaborations in cases of dual-career hiring; established at the UW in October 2013.
  • Faculty Advancement Initiative (FAI) – promotes collaborations with colleges, schools, campuses, and individual units to advance the careers of faculty and to promote ongoing training in diversity/inclusion and faculty advancement for university leadership.
  • UW institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) – an external mentoring resource for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students that includes access to online courses, monthly writing challenges, and a webinar curriculum. NCFDD runs Faculty Success Program (FSP) three times annually. Details available at