Living Out Our Values: Adding DEI Expectations for Promotion and Tenure

The IU School of Medicine (IUSM) has been grounded in the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, and cooperation for many years. In 2021, these core values were expanded upon through a significant revision of the IUSM Honor Code, which now more fully describes how the core values are to be upheld by all members of the community. As faculty in academic medicine, we shape the next generation of doctors and researchers. With this in mind, we are proud to see faculty engaging in activities to foster diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the school, campus and university, community, and health system.

To align faculty expectations with the values articulated in the Honor Code, a proposal is under review to modify the school’s promotion and tenure expectations regarding DEI activities.

As we progress, we will continue to update the website to help guide faculty through the process.

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Key Takeaways

  • Faculty members would be required to show effort toward advancing DEI in at least one mission area for which they are evaluated by including a short narrative DEI summary in their personal statement and by listing DEI-related activities on their CVs.
  • Activities related to DEI would not need to be within the faculty member’s area of excellence.
  • Engaging in professional development activities (such as attending a workshop) would be an acceptable way to fulfill the requirement.
  • If approved, the expectation would be phased in over 3 years and faculty members will have several years to complete the requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

In presenting this proposal we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to share with faculty.

Example Activities & Resources

A robust list of example faculty activities toward DEI has been developed to help faculty understand the expectations and successfully meet the requirements.