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Columbia Joins Consortium to Create Job Bank of Academic Opportunities

HERC Launch
Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger attended the launch, joined by New York University President John Sexton, Yale Deputy Provost for Science, Technology and Faculty Development H. Kim Bottomly and Chancellor of the City University of New York Matthew Goldstein.

Photos by Eileen Barroso

Columbia has announced the launch of a new partnership with 42 other leading higher education institutions in the region, along with their first product: an easily accessible, comprehensive job bank of academic opportunities in the greater metropolitan region.

The partnership, known as the Metro New York and Southern Connecticut Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (MNYSC HERC), is the latest and one of the largest pieces of a nationwide network designed to overcome the twin challenges of promoting diversity of faculty and staff and accommodating dual-career families in academia.

The Web-based search engine includes listings for all faculty and staff jobs at member institutions and is available at no charge to anyone seeking employment in higher education. The MNYSC HERC is headquartered at Columbia.

Job opportunities available through this resource will help a wide range of applicants seeking employment or a transfer within the network.

Columbia, Yale and New York University, who over the last year and half have taken the lead in creating the consortium, hosted the launch in Columbia’s Low Library on Feb. 22.

Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger underscored the potential of this resource to help recruit and retain a diverse, stellar teaching force.

The program is expanding and reaches out to a global population but still emphasizes homegrown talent.

“Diversity is an essential value in an academic community. But achieving it requires a serious commitment on the part of colleges and universities,” Bollinger said. “With the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a successful series of grass-roots collaborations among institutions of higher learning now has become a truly national network of job banks, of immense service to the Academy as it seeks to attract and retain diverse faculty, researchers and staff.”

Although the metropolitan New York and southern Connecticut area is home to more than 130 accredited academic institutions, until now no resources existed that provided a comprehensive listing of open higher education positions in the region. The centrality of job postings and regional resources, as well as the Web site’s ability to accommodate dual-career searches, distinguishes HERC from other employment sites.

“The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium gives us a new way of using technology to solve problems that are difficult for individual institutions to solve on their own. It is just one example of the way universities are developing a new array of instruments and programs to address the career issues and the work-life problems that are part of contemporary academic culture,” said Jean Howard, Columbia’s vice provost for Diversity Initiatives.

For more information about HERC, job listings and a complete list of member institutions, visit www.mnyscherc.org.

Published: Feb 26, 2006
Last modified: Feb 28, 2007