EOS's Role in the UTSA Affirmative Action Plan
UTSA recognizes that equal participation of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans in all employment opportunities is a necessary component of any effective Affirmative Action Plan (AAP).
The UTSA Affirmative Action Plan has been developed and is designed to assure compliance with federal law, rules and regulations; compliance within the UT System’s Regents Rules and UTSA policy. EOS and the UTSA’s Human Resource office partner in developing, implementing, and monitoring the University’s AAP and affirmative action related charges.
EOS functions as the contributor of content management of the AAP and assist in identifying and engaging in actions intended to bring the university community into full participation in all aspects of equal opportunity and equal access. EOS also functions in the formulation, recommendations, implementation and monitoring of official university documents and plans relevant to affirmative action and equal opportunity.
The Senior EO Investigator of the Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) serves as UTSA's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer and is authorized to investigate complaints based on discrimination.
EOS's Role in Recruitment of Faculty
The Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support (VPAFS) partner to support UTSA’s faculty recruitment process. EOS and the VPAFS assist the Office of the Provost by ensuring the process for recruitment and hiring of faculty is focused on recruiting the most qualified faculty members.
EOS and the VPAFS assists the Deans and Academic Departments during faculty searches by providing training, responding to questions related to the Faculty Recruitment guidelines, and serving as a resource on other issues that may arise during the recruitment process. It is critical that search committees follow EEO guidelines as well as university processes and procedures to ensure successful searches.
EOS functions as the EEO Office responsible for monitoring and coordinating the faculty recruitment process for the purpose of compliance with search procedures, university policies, and legal regulatory requirements. EOS also ensures that the university’s goals for achieving diversity in the recruitment of faculty is taken into consideration by monitoring the diversity of each searches’ applicant pool. EOS provides guidance in supporting the University's goal of identifying, recruiting and retaining highly qualified, talented, and diverse faculty, including women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Our collaborative efforts also include assisting search committees to expedite their search process while ensuring compliance to guidelines so they may have a competitive advantage in identifying and selecting outstanding new faculty for their colleges and departments.