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Recruitment Initiatives

The College continues to pursue important diversity initiatives with recent successes that have been nationally recognized. In 2018-19, the College executed a successful cluster hire in African American Life and Culture that led to the hire of 11 new faculty, 10 of whom are faculty of color. This hire has been noticed around the country by interested scholars, and it laid the groundwork for the hire of noted faculty scholar P. Gabrielle Foreman from the University of Delaware in Spring 2019. She brings the Colored Conventions Project, a project noted as one of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 50 essential projects, to Penn State. In conjunction with this hire, the College is standing up our new “Center for Digital Black Research,” a collaboration with the University Libraries, to advance scholarship in this area as well as in the digital liberal arts.

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