Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity

NYU is committed to building a community of scholars (faculty, students, and staff) that is inclusive of divergent backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups. The Office of the Vice Provost is dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting underrepresented faculty in the various stages of their research and teaching at NYU, from their inception and beyond. Our objective is to build on the existing strength of this truly global university and continue to attract and retain the very best faculty in the nation and across the globe, through the engagement of a diversity of viewpoints, perspectives, and approaches. Our office not only aims to support diverse faculty, but also uplift and encourage them to realize their full potential in the university.

Meet the Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Provost

Ulrich Baer, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity
Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English

Ulrich Baer, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor who has appointments in both FAS and Tisch School of the Arts.


Bridget R. McCurtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity
Senior Director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

Bridget R. McCurtis, Ph.D. is an administrator, researcher and adjunct professor who works closely with faculty, administration and students.

Diversity Programming and Additional Resources


Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty

A formal mentoring program to match full-time junior faculty from underrepresented groups and senior colleagues in similar or related fields, based on mutual interest; includes a research stipend of $2500 to the junior faculty once matched.

Click here to learn more about the Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty

Resources for Diverse Faculty Recruitment

While every school and department at NYU are committed to recruiting qualified, diverse candidates, it is important that search committees, department leads, etc. are fully prepared and supported in their efforts to recruit new, diverse candidates into NYU. We offer various trainings for search committees including unconscious bias training.

Conversations of Inclusion

Monthly dinner/lunch gatherings with faculty members across the university of various disciplines, mostly of underrepresented backgrounds, where we connect and discuss pertinent issues of diversity as a community. Topics include tenure, promotion, campus climate, free speech, microaggressions, community building, diversity goals, and diversity across various disciplines.

Deans Diversity Council

Co-chaired by Ulrich Baer and Bridget McCurtis, the Council, comprised of the deans and/or their designated representatives of all undergraduate schools, meets monthly and serves as a forum of discussion and connection between schools, NYU Admissions and, Enrollment Management with the constant focus on (re)defining diversity and inclusion.

Faculty Lifecycle

The Office of the Vice Provost is dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting underrepresented faculty in the various stages of their research and teaching at NYU. From talent recruitment to leadership development, the lifecycle is a comprehensive plan that is meant to support and provide additional resources to all NYU schools and units as they identify, recruit, and nurture NYU faculty.

ASPIRE (Assisting Students to Participate in Internship and Research Experiences Fund)

ASPIRE is designed to offer supplementary financial assistance to historically underrepresented NYU undergraduates with financial need who are pursuing unpaid research or internship experiences. This fund allows students who would not have otherwise been able to participate in unpaid experiences to gain critical knowledge and skills to enhance their academic and career exposure. This fund also allows us to further support faculty in providing diverse candidates to engage in research experiences with them.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award

In partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs, the purpose of the award is to recognize faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. through their positive impact within the classroom and the greater NYU community. NYU students nominate faculty members who are considered and then chosen by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award Committee.

TISCH Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program

Aims to deepen and widen the pool of emerging faculty from underrepresented groups in the fields of voice, speech and/or movement. Each year, the program invites a few alumni of the NYU TISCH Graduate Acting Program or similar graduate conservatories to observe and work with experienced faculty in these fields. Through mentorship and experience, mentees in the program are supported and prepared to pursue teaching, so that future generations of students will have the support of faculty that more comprehensively mirrors the voices and bodies of the students.

Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity

The program supports promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU. Involvement includes co-hosting postdoctoral lunches, research funding, and collaboration.

Faculty Search Committee Resources

The Vice Provost has partnered with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Dr. Charlton McIlwain, Associate Professor, Media, Culture & Communication, in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development to develop materials that aid faculty search committees in finding and screening excellent diverse candidates. These resources include workshops on unconscious bias, an audiovisual training module, and successful best practices.

The FAS Women's Faculty Caucus

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Women’s Faculty Caucus has existed for almost three decades, and is committed to providing a forum for exchange of ideas and mutual support through informal gatherings, and many targeted activities With the encouragement of the Vice Provost’s , the Women’s Faculty Caucus is now doing outreach to faculty in other schools at NYU.