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