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University of Denver

University of Denver

Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

The University offers:

Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.

Collaborative, Experiential Learning

Our students work closely with faculty, peers and members of the community on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

In and out of the classroom, our students learn by doing, whether they're collecting data in the field or putting theory into practice in a clinical setting.

The University of Denver Culture

Across the University of Denver’s many divisions, departments, and offices, supervisors are searching for new employees who strive to excel and innovate, prize integrity, and who value the opportunity to engage with the community.  The University is always looking for creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners who want to know more and do more.

At the University of Denver, our culture is steeped in ethics and social responsibility. As a result, our faculty and students represent a wide array of perspectives and enjoy the healthy dialogue that grows out of diversity. University of Maryland, Baltimore

For all their differences, the members of our community are united by a common purpose: They're determined to confront society's most pressing challenges—everything from world health and the global economy to access to education. University of Maryland, Baltimore

 

Diversity Profile: University of Denver

Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that a community or institution’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, board members and alumni constituents.  More than a short-term project or single office initiative, this comprehensive approach requires a fundamental transformation of the institution by embedding and practicing Inclusive Excellence in every effort, aspect, and level the institution.  The goal is to make Inclusive Excellence a habit that is implemented and practiced consistently throughout the University of Denver.

Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that a community or institution’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, board members and alumni constituents.  More than a short-term project or single office initiative, this comprehensive approach requires a fundamental transformation of the institution by embedding and practicing Inclusive Excellence in every effort, aspect, and level the institution.  The goal is to make Inclusive Excellence a habit that is implemented and practiced consistently throughout the University of Denver.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) commissioned a set of scholarly papers focusing on the theory and practice of Inclusive Excellence.  Said papers delineate the meaning of Inclusive Excellence within the context of higher education; discuss how it differs from traditional notions of diversity; and encourage students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni to begin to practice the concept in order to transform their institutions.  More specifically, they argue that institutions of higher learning need to be transformed into entities that are all-encompassing of the various dimensions of diversity that exist on college campuses. 

In 2006, the University of Denver was introduced to the concept of Inclusive Excellence when Dr. Alma Clayton Pedersen, Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal with AAC&U, delivered a keynote address at the annual DU Diversity Summit.  Several months later, Chancellor Robert Coombe and Provost Gregg Kvistad asked the University’s senior leadership to embrace Inclusive Excellence and begin working in conjunction with the Center for Multicultural Excellence to implement it at the University of Denver as a framework for its commitment to diversity.

Over the last several years, there has been progress in implementing Inclusive Excellence with many deans, administrators, faculty, staff, students, board members and alumni making significant contributions to the effort.  Much progress has been made particularly in embedding diversity into the University’s processes, systems, mission statements, and other structural dimensions.  

The concept of Inclusive Excellence moves the University of Denver away from a simplistic definition of diversity to a more inclusive, comprehensive, and omnipresent notion of inclusiveness that has the following features: 

  • Inclusiveness and Excellence are interdependent, as opposed to the traditional perspective that separates the two concepts.  To practice inclusiveness is excellence.
  • Shifts the responsibility for diversity and inclusiveness to everyone (administrators, faculty, staff, students, board members and alumni) on campus as opposed to one unit or department shouldering the responsibility for diversity.  A unit or person can drive the process, but every individual at the University of Denver from the Chancellor to students assumes responsibility for change.
  • Shifts the University away from conceptualizing diversity as a numerical goal (numbers only) of diverse students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni to transforming the institution into a vibrant community that embeds diversity throughout the institution in multiple areas including (but not limited to):  demographics (numbers), curriculum, policies, pedagogy, financial resources, leadership, hiring, student learning, marketing, technology, teaching, student advising, communications, administration, recruitment, hiring, and promotion, assessment, institutional advancement, tenure and promotion, and evaluation.
  • Employs a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that includes race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and other important social dimensions that are part of the campus community. 

According to the University’s mission, the University of Denver commits to fostering a community of Inclusive Excellence through strategic leadership and service of the highest quality.  Candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to building a diverse educational environment are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates should be prepared to describe strategies for advancing Inclusive Excellence actively, intentionally and consistently.

 

AAUP Compensation Survey Data
University of Denver

FULL PROFESSORS
$136,300
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS
$101,500
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS
$87,100
INSTRUCTORS
$0

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