Resources for Diversity Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement

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Read the Task Force Recommendations

Pictured: Former APSA President Dianne Pinderhughes, task force president, and Luis Fraga, task force co-chair, present The Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century Report findings at the National Press Club, in Washington DC on October 21, 2011.

Resources for Diversity Recruitment and Retention in the Profession

APSA Programs


APSA Resources


External Recruitment Resources  


AGEP - Professorial Advancement Initiative, Big Ten Alliance Big Ten Alliance 

For over 30 years, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Graduate Deans have fostered pipeline programs designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate student enrollments and faculty candidates. 

Holistic Admissions Strategies - ETS and GRE

Increasingly, admissions discussions are focusing on a holistic approach to reviewing applicants. This method looks at multiple sources of information to ensure consideration of the full picture of each applicant’s potential.

Reducing the Impact of Implicit Bias

StratEGIC Toolkit - NSF ADVANCE Best Practices  

A collection of evidence-based best practices, tools, and briefings for departments and institutions seeking strategies for on diverse and inclusive recruitment and hiring (See: Lauren, S.L. & Austin, A.E. (2014). Strategic Intervention Brief #5: Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring. In Laursen, S. L., & Austin, A. E., StratEGIC Toolkit: Strategies for Effecting Gender Equity and Institutional Change. Boulder, CO, and East Lansing, MI. www.strategictoolkit.org)

 APSA Status Committee Reports
Program Spotlight: Advancing Diversity Recruitment and Retention in the Profession

The following list spotlights examples of recruitment and retention programs and initiatives that political scientists and departments are engaged in to increase and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the profession. Tell APSA about your department's program! 

Duke University-Department of Political Science *

Florida International University

University of Central Florida *

Princeton University-Department of Politics

Purdue University*

The Ohio State University

University of California, Santa Barbara*

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science *

University of Virginia, Department of Politics

University of Washington *

* APSA MSRP Recruiting Departments. See here for more information about how to join. 

View more Spotlight Programs here.

Tell APSA about a diversity recruitment or retention program that you or your department is engaged. Submit a spotlight program today! Or Email us at diversityprograms@apsanet.org.