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Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI)

The CIC, a consortium that includes Purdue and eleven other Big Ten universities, was awarded an NSF AGEP-Transformation (AGEP-T) grant titled "Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI). The goal of the PAI is to double the rate at which CIC institutions hire underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

To achieve this goal, the CIC universities will work toward two PAI objectives: 1) create a pool or URM postdocs within the CIC who have been well prepared and trained to enter the academy as tenure track faculty and 2) coach faculty members to become leaders in diversity hiring by exposing search committees to the literature about unconscious bias and the compelling benefits of having a diverse faculty.  

AGEP-T PAI Resources

New web-accessible PAI resources have been developed that include:

Gateway to CIC Faculty Positions – which allows postdocs to search for faculty positions available within the CIC member institutions

Search Faculty Positions

The CIC Doctoral Directory – A searchable database listing PhD recipients to be promoted among CIC Universities

Enroll in the Directory

Search the Database


Postdoc Resources

Minority Postdoc - Professional/Faculty positions and opportunities
National Postdoc Association - Opportunities for postdoctoral scholars
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships - Postdoctoral Fellowships


Career Development

CIC Website
Science Careers - Career Advice, Blog, job search