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Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

Diversity and inclusion are central themes in the research and teaching of prof. Schaafsma. As a social scientist, her interests lie broadly in cultural diversity and interethnic relations, processes of social in- and exclusion, and intergroup hostility and reconciliation.

Prof. Kosta is carrying out research on the challenges technology poses to human rights. She is particularly interested in privacy and data protection, specializing in electronic communications and new technologies.

Prof. Slatman’s chair at Tilburg University is the first in Medical Humanities in the Netherlands. Her ambition is to develop this much needed discipline, and to train and supervise students – on all levels – to be critical and productive evaluators of current health care, either as academic researcher or as professional within health care.

Aim

The Philip Eijlander Diversity Program (PEDP) increases the proportion of women in higher academic positions, by creating extra positions on the level of assistant professor, associate professor and full professor. These extra positions advance the competence areas that the Schools focus on in their research agenda’s, as stated in the Strategic Outline 2018-2021, and help achieve the objectives of 25% female full professors and 40% female associate professors in 2020. The overall goal is an inclusive work climate where quality prevails. Equal opportunities for all will lead to capacity building and a fair representation of women.

Quality

PEDP aims to scout and attract extra-ordinary talent in academia. As such the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program can be seen as a quality label. This implies that only fully qualified scholars will be appointed. If Tilburg University fails to spot them, then the vacancy won’t be filled until another opportunity arises.

Effect PEDP I

Ten years ago, only 8% of the full professors at Tilburg University were women. Now, a decade later, 1 in 5 full professors is female, partially due to the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program. The PEDP fellows contribute to TiU’s impact themes: Towards a Resilient Society, Health and Well-Being, and Creating Value from Data. Some laureates also develop our knowledge on diversity. For instance, prof. Maureen Sie initiates the course Discovering Diversity for Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Advantages of the appointment

  • Appointment for 5 years, with the perspective of subsequent promotion (if applicable) and a permanent contract.
  • We envisage a full time appointment, or at least of 0.8 fte.
  • A start-up grant of 10.000 euro.
  • Research Support after Pregnancy Leave.
  • Participation in the Tracks coaching and mentoring program for career strategies.
  • Read more about the advantages.

Three full professors tell us about their expertise

Fellows

  1. Federica Angeli
    TSB, associate professor Organizational Studies
  2. Angélique Cramer
    TSB, associate professor Methods & Techniques
  3. Monique van Dijk – Groeneboer
    TST, full professor Religious Education
  4. Anne Lafarre
    TLS, assistant professor Business Law
  5. Eleni Kosta
    TLS, full professor Technology Law and Human Rights
  6. Carla de Pietro
    TiSEM, assistant professor Fiscal Economics
  7. Juliette Schaafsma
    TSH, full professor Cultures in Interaction
  8. Maureen Sie
    TSH, full professor Philosophy
  9. Jenny Slatman
    TSH, full professor Medical Humanities
  10. Tatiana Sokolova
    TiSEM, assistant professor Tax Economics
  11. Linnet Taylor
    TLS, assistant professor Data Ethics, Law & Policy


Ambassadors

"All human behavior is regulated by the brain. You can change behavior because you can change the brain." Read what Margriet Sitskoorn, professor clinical neuropsychology, tells about behavior and brain plasticity.

"Nobody is against privacy and nobody is against security, yet the two need to be properly balanced. How do you do that and how do you take everyone’s interests into account." Read about Corien Prins, professor law and informatization in her role as scholar at Tilburg University.

"We are setting up a research program in which we focus on a number of European cities. It is about searching for identity in the big city. The program also contains a literary part: we study novels and the lives of the characters in those cities." Read about Odile Heynders professor Comparative Literature and the role of literature in society.


The following professors actively support the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

Executive Board

"We know that a program like the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program can have a snowball effect. Of course you cannot change the entire organization overnight, but you do see things being set in motion. You are making women visible, you are showing young female students: Hey, this is a future prospect for me too! It works if you have multiple role models."

Philip Eijlander

"This is a powerful program. There are exceptionally talented women out there and Tilburg should be able to attract them through this program. It will make everybody stronger. But that by itself is not enough; this is only the beginning. It is an important stimulus. Because we will also have to make sure that the women we appoint will inspire others to likewise pursue an academic career. Young talent will need to be coached and stimulated to follow in their footsteps."