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Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center

Sheridan, Jennifer T. PhD; Fine, Eve PhD; Pribbenow, Christine Maidl PhD; Handelsman, Jo PhD; Carnes, Molly MD, MS

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181dbf75a
Gender Diversity

One opportunity to realize the diversity goals of academic health centers comes at the time of hiring new faculty. To improve the effectiveness of search committees in increasing the gender diversity of faculty hires, the authors created and implemented a training workshop for faculty search committees designed to improve the hiring process and increase the diversity of faculty hires at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. They describe the workshops, which they presented in the School of Medicine and Public Health between 2004 and 2007, and they compare the subsequent hiring of women faculty in participating and nonparticipating departments and the self-reported experience of new faculty within the hiring process. Attendance at the workshop correlates with improved hiring of women faculty and with a better hiring experience for faculty recruits, especially women. The authors articulate successful elements of workshop implementation for other medical schools seeking to increase gender diversity on their faculties.

Dr. Sheridan is executive and research director, WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Fine is researcher and curriculum developer, WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Pribbenow is evaluation director, WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, and associate scientist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Handelsman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and past codirector, WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Carnes is professor of medicine, psychiatry, and industrial & systems engineering, codirector, WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, director, Center for Women's Health Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and director, Women Veterans Health Program, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Sheridan, WISELI, 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; telephone: (608) 263-1445; fax: (608)265-5290; e-mail: sheridan@engr.wisc.edu.

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