The Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion provides search committees and departments with customizable tools and trainings to reach a more diverse pool during the recruitment process. Included below are a sample of best practices checklists, recruitment databases, and a link to request customized advertising resources to assist during the search process.

Best Practices Checklists

The following best practices checklists are designed to identify the necessary components for ensuring that university faculty and staff recruitment and retention efforts are successful in reaching out to and welcoming diverse individuals.

Recruiting Resources

The following resources are intended to aid in recruiting individuals from diverse backgrounds. The list of contact information for minority serving institutions serves as a venue to begin networking and reaching out to institutions which historically serve individuals from under-represented groups. The MSU Recruiting Resources Database (restricted to only MSU users, and requiring log-in) provides information on organizations and publications focused on serving under-represented populations. The worksheet is searchable by resource type and discipline. In addition, departments and search committee chairs can request customized advertising resources to aide in attracting a more diverse pool of applicants.

Minority Serving Institutions

MSSTATE Recruiting Resources Database

The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty

The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty serves as an online database and site for posting position announcements to reach a diverse and qualified pool of higher education faculty candidates. Email the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at to  access instructions on how to post a position announcement free of charge on “The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty” site.

SREB Recruiting Database

Through a partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Mississippi State has access to an online Scholar Directory that includes more than 1,300 minority Ph.D. scholars and program graduates. Additionally, SREB maintains a free jobs posting service on its website with searchable job listings specifically for scholars.

To post a Mississippi State University position on the SREB jobs site or to access the list of scholars via the Scholar Directory, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at or (662) 325-2493

Sample Recruitment Emails

These templates may be used to share current job posting on MSU's job site. 

Recruitment Email Template

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Recruiting Programs

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion hosts a variety of programs and initiatives designed to contribute to the diversity of Mississippi State University’s faculty and staff.

Through a partnership among the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and the Graduate School, and the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, the Dr. Harold Grier Scholar’s Program sponsors up to four (4) institutional SREB fellowships per academic year for underrepresented doctoral students enrolled at Mississippi State University.

For additional information on this program, please visit

Mississippi State University hosts a Future Faculty Career Exploration Program annually, inviting scholars in the final year of their doctoral students and post docs to experience MSSTATE as a prospective faculty member. During the visit, scholars will have the opportunity to engage MSU deans and department heads about their academic work and career interests. In addition, scholars will meet students, learn about current positions available, and learn about the city of Starkville, MS. Underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply, which include African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Americans. Hotel accommodations and meals will be sponsored by Mississippi State University during the visit.

For additional information on this program, please visit the Programs and Services page.

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