Our Work

To ensure a diverse pool of talented candidates, search committees must proactively recruit the best candidates to apply for the position.

In order to improve the quality and diversity of candidate pools, the chair and one member of each hiring committee must attend a hiring workshop offered by Faculty Affairs.

The Strategic Priorities Faculty Initiative (SPFI) provides temporary University financial support to academic departments enabling them to hire additional full-time, tenure- track faculty or continuing-eligible academic professionals who will enhance UA’s distinctive strengths in advancing Inclusive Excellence via equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. 

We have particular interest in hires that can help address the current issues in teaching, research and service that have been raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, given the University of Arizona’s Hispanic Serving Institution Designation, there is a need for more faculty whose work can increase capacity of the institution to serve Latinx students. In addition, although Arizona has the highest percentage of Native Americans among all the U.S. states, students and faculty have been significantly underrepresented on campus.

Below is a list of Inclusive Faculty Groups on campus and leader(s). Leaders meet monthly with the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs:

Black Faculty Speakers Series 2022-2023

Theme: Afrofuturism

Out of this World: Afrofuturist Expressions across Science, Art, Tech and Design

The Black Faculty Speaker Series will create a campus culture in which Black thought, experience, and creativity are visible and vital. Each visiting speaker provides a unique voice and perspective on Black futurity.

Afrofuturism is this year’s theme for the Black Faculty Speaker Series. It is an orientation or a way of thinking that defies simple classification. It is expansive, interdisciplinary, and revolutionary beyond conventional notions of resistance. Afrofuturism’s practitioners blend imagination, research, experimentation, and Black ancestral knowledge to invent worlds that transcend our present condition and fuel new possibilities for a more just and sustainable planet.


Silas Munro | Tuesday, November 29, 2022

“Future Forces of History”

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” — James Baldwin, 1965

As James Baldwin put forth, history is constantly returning to us in the present moment. As an “accidental scholar” of graphic design history, Munro will show how his journey to find himself as a Queer, Black designer in the past also shapes potential futures for practice, teaching, and life. Through poetic research, written scholarship, and visual art Munro questions the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. Instead of concrete answers, these open-ended forces shed light, open space, and speculate on more inclusive design disciplines.

  • Student Fireside Chat & Lunch 

                    11:30am | Slonaker House (1027 E. Second St.) | limited to 25 students

  • Keynote Address & Reception

                    5:00pm | Kachina Lounge, Student Union Memorial Center, Level 3 | Open to all

Parking available in Second Street Garage

Silas Munro is an artist, designer, writer, curator, and partner of Polymode, a studio that leads the edge of contemporary graphic design for clients in the cultural sphere. Collaborations include the City of Los Angeles, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, David Kordansky Gallery, MoMA, and MOCA. He is a curator and author of Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest  that opened at Letterform Archive in 2022. Munro’s writing appears in the book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. Munro expanded this research as a co-author of the first BIPOC centered Design History course: Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design, which will be published in book form in 2023. Munro holds an MFA from CalArts and a BFA from RISD. Munro is Founding Faculty and Co-Chair for the MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Ruha Benjamin | Wednesday, January 25 & Thursday, January 26, 2023

Details forthcoming


Ibrahim Thiaw | Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Details forthcoming



This series is organized by a sub-committee of the Black Faculty Affinity Group including:

  • Dr. Mamadou Baro, Chair of BARA, Associate Professor, School of Anthropology
  • Dr. Amy Kraehe, Associate Professor, School of Art, Associate Vice President, Equity in the Arts
  • Dr. Tarnia Newton, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing
  • Dr. gloria j. wilson, Associate Professor, School of Art, Co-Director – Racial Justice Studio

Coordination of the series is supported by Faculty Affairs and funded by the Office of the President.

Co-Sponsors & Collaborators include: Racial Justice Studio – Arizona Arts, Center for Digital Humanities, BIO5 Institute, Honors College, Beyond Juneteenth Committee, Department of Africana Studies, The Nurse-Midwifery Specialty - College of Nursing, College of Fine Arts, College of Education, College of Science

The University of Arizona is deeply committed to paying comparable salaries for comparable work for all of its employees, regardless of gender, race and ethnicity. Accordingly, we have recently completed a comprehensive review of base salary among tenured and tenure-eligible (T/TE) faculty.

Read the Report on 2020 Salary Equity Review Tenure/Tenure Eligible Faculty here.

Faculty Affairs offers the Faculty Development Communities for Promotion (FDCP) Mentoring ProgramThe objective of this program is to prioritize guiding values of excellence, honesty, trustworthiness, and compassion to help groups of small faculty discuss and navigate their professional development while on the pathway to promotion/tenure with the guidance of a faculty mentor who has participated on promotion review committees.

If you have questions on the application procedures, please email Dr. Adrián Arroyo, Associate Director Faculty Programs at arroyopa@arizona.edu.

Each year improvements are made to promotion procedures and documentation in collaboration with the University committees that are charged with providing shared-governance leadership on promotion reviews. 

  • Training for Promotion and Review
    • Promotion Workshops for Candidates
      • This workshop will include a discussion of how to document your programs of work, administrative leadership and service initiatives to demonstrate impact.
    • Training on Promotion Process of Department Heads, Directors and Committee Members
      • If you are veteran or new serving at the department or college level, this workshop will specifically addresses the role of the committee member in the promotion review process.

    • Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
      • The University of Arizona is the first four-year public university in the state of Arizona to be federally recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). A Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is a federal designation by the U.S. Department of Education that acknowledges colleges and universities with 25% or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.

        • HSI Fellows Program

          • Supported by a strategic investment from the Office of the Provost and partnering departments across campus, the HSI Fellows Program serves to strategically further the scope and depth of work around our HSI designation and provide a venue for community-building and career development for a cohort of 10 faculty and staff each year through a project-based leadership experience, mentoring and coaching, and a series of targeted workshops.   

        • STEM in HSIs Working Group
          • The STEM in HSI Working Group (HSI-WG) at the University of Arizona (UA), formed in 2017 as a result of NSF HSI Conference Award #1748526The Southwest Conference on Transforming STEM Education in HSIs.
    • Inclusive Leadership Program
      • Centered on the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion, excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial action, integrity, and partnerships, the Inclusive Leadership Program will build a pipeline that will not only further diversify our leadership but will also advance innovative collaborations aimed at creating inclusive workplaces, student learning, curricula, and partnerships.
    • Office of Instruction and Assessment 
      • Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Professional Learning Community 
        • A PLC convenes around a shared topic of interest, in this case, inclusive excellence in teaching.  Participants typically meet a few times per semester to discuss shared resources and/or talk with expert guests. This may also include workshops and/or classroom observations, depending on the community’s goals.
    • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
      • NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Because the University of Arizona is an Institutional Member, all of our faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are granted free membership using their UArizona e-mail address. 
      • Faculty Affairs organizes 
    • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Funding Opportunities