Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 26, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 26, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 19
Mosaic Funding Fuels Pipeline to Diversity Success

Goal is to create a path to Johns Hopkins, identify future hires from outside

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Last summer, the university confirmed the hiring of eight faculty members in five divisions that had come as a result of the Mosaic Initiative, a newly created program aimed at fostering a diverse workplace at Johns Hopkins.

Announced in April 2007, the program would provide at least $5 million over the next five years in matching funds to assist deans, department chairs and search committees to continue to recruit diverse faculty; in June, the School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital pledged an additional $1.25 million to the initiative.

The program is initially funded at a minimum of $1 million per year. A department may apply for funds to its division's dean or director, who will prioritize requests and forward them to the provost. Departments may make proposals for up to $240,000, to be spent over three years, on such items as salary, research support and laboratory equipment.

"The Mosaic Initiative is about helping to recruit the best and the brightest faculty to Johns Hopkins," said Provost Kristina Johnson.

Mosaic also has a long-term component of addressing pipeline issues. Funds are available to invite eligible faculty and graduate students to Johns Hopkins to present lectures on their research or for professional development workshops, to better prepare them for a career in academia.

As this initiative moves forward, one key to its success will be exposing more women and minority graduate students and faculty from other institutions to the intellectual environment at Johns Hopkins, Johnson said.

Ray Gillian, vice provost for institutional equity and administrator of the Mosaic Initiative, said that the visiting lectures will benefit both the guest and the JHU community.

"Our students and faculty will get a chance to hear about this individual's research, and we get to introduce them to Johns Hopkins," Gillian said. "The person can see our campus, interact with our faculty and students. He or she might not have known about the culture of Johns Hopkins before, and this hopefully would make them more open to an appointment here or to pursue their postdoctoral work with us."

Gillian said that he hopes departments will take advantage of the funds to invite individuals or groups of talented graduate students to Johns Hopkins and show off the research they are working on. He said that the School of Engineering, through its Dean's Office, already has in place such a program, which would be supplemented with these new funds.

Gillian said that the expectation is to attract 25 to 30 new faculty members within the next five years, although the actual number of diversity hires during that time can be much greater.

For the coming fiscal year, the university has already received a half dozen applications. Gillian, who is part of a review panel that recommends the most deserving individuals from the pool of eligible candidates, said that the announcements of new hires could come as soon as the middle part of the spring semester.

With the pipeline, the university is trying to create a path to Johns Hopkins and identify more future hires from outside the institution. But Gillian said that another component of the pipeline is to increase diversity appointments at other institutions. For example, current eligible Johns Hopkins students can receive Mosaic funding to support their research and better prepare themselves for future academic work and careers should they decide to pursue them at other colleges.

To apply for Mosaic pipeline funding, contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 410-516-8075 or


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