The Lead Diversity Search Advisors report jointly to the Vice Dean of Inclusion and Diversity, & Equity, and the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Affairs (FAPD).

Lead DSA Roles and Responsibilities Resources & Support

1. Serve as resource for DSAs in promoting the goals of the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and the University for faculty diversity and inclusion, and regarding faculty searches, faculty tracks and appointments.

General Resources

Faculty Tracks

2. Assess, develop, and promote best practices in developing the broadest and strongest faculty candidate pools and attracting diverse, qualified candidates

3. Work with departmental leadership and PSOM leadership to ensure that appropriate and compliant searches are conducted; Provide information and training to DSAs on Penn and PSOM faculty recruiting guidelines, particularly those related to unconscious bias;
4. Work with PSOM leadership to develop retention programs to enhance faculty diversity
5. Serve as the DSA Representative to the Advisory Council of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity
6. Collaborate with Vice Dean, OIDE and Academic Affairs Office to update school-wide agenda in faculty diversity



DSA Roles and Responsibilities Resources & Support Best Practices
1. Maintain a working knowledge of Penn and PSOM policies and procedures related to faculty searches, faculty tracks and appointments

Search Guidelines

General Resources

  • Works with Department leadership, the Vice Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (OIDE) and Office of Academic Affairs (FAPD) to ensure that appropriate and compliant faculty searches are conducted
  • Attends first search committee meeting for each faculty search in the department


2. Provide unconscious bias training and information to Search Committee Members

General Resources

3. Serve as a resource for Search Committee composition and  defining the faculty position

  • Faculty Coordinator
  • Search Committee Chair
  • Department Chair/Division Chief
  • Work with the Department Chair to identify the Search Committee Chair and the composition of the Search Committee Members
  • Review Search Committee for diverse membership
  • Consult with Department Chair and Search Chair on the Faculty Position Description, aligning the responsibilities and goals with the faculty track
4. Review and approve the faculty position description in Interfolio Faculty Search before
  • Ensure that the faculty position description is sufficiently broad to capture all qualified individuals, while still providing candidates with a sufficiently specific description of the job and its requirements.
5. Ensure that the Search Chair and Committee Members take steps to expand the applicant pool and conduct outreach to diverse audiences

General Resources

  • If there are concerns about a search being potentially out of compliance, the DSA should contact their designated Lead DSA or the Office of Academic Affairs (FAPD)


For questions or additional information on any of these resources, please contract our office.

Diversity Search Advisor Program

The Diversity Search Advisory program is a collaborative initiative of the PSOM Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (OIDE)

Interfolio Faculty Search – Faculty Positions

  • Login to
  • Select ‘Interfolio’ under ‘Faculty Administration’
  • Select ‘Positions’ under ‘Faculty Search’ to view Faculty Positions

Unconscious Bias Resources

 Diversity Outreach Resources

Faculty Search Guidelines 

Diverse Faculty Recruitment Resources

Key for Recruiting: The Dual Career Program: The Vice Provost for Faculty will work with Deans and Departments seeking to support the placement of a faculty recruit's partner / spouse. Contact our office for more information.