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About Mizzou

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

MU students are uniquely prepared for success in life as global citizens. For example, Mizzou is nationally known for its campus writing program, learning communities and first-year experiences. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities. In fact, experiential learning is an essential part of an MU degree. Real-world media experience, or the Missouri Method, in journalism and a problem-based curriculum in medicine are two examples. Students also participate in Missouri’s largest study abroad program and contribute 180,000 hours of community service each year.

Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri's public universities. Roughly one in three degrees are in math, engineering, information technology, health and other science fields.

Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Popular media consistently call Columbia, Mo., one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life. Mizzou is by far the largest employer in the area with more than 13,000 full-time employees.

Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Careers at Mizzou

You've come to the right place to find your new career or to make the leap to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional in your field, and no matter what kind of job you are looking for, chances are that we have the right opportunity for you.

Why? Because Mizzou is not just a world-renowned educational and research institution, The University of Missouri is also one of the biggest, most versatile employers in Columbia, MO. And we don't just have first-rate faculty and students, we have first-rate staff too! Whether you are a finance professional, a plumber, a research scientist, a preschool teacher, a food services worker, a custodian, a graphic designer, or a swimming coach, working at MU means you know you are a part of something big — you're making a difference in the world.

 We have it all: challenging and engaging work, a wide variety of jobs to fit your career goals, great benefits, career development and training, work-life fit, beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, a sense of community and belonging, and a proven commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Here are some resources to familiarize yourself with Columbia, Mo., if you are relocating to the area:

Benefits

The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity
Commitment to Diversity: 

We Are One Mizzou

The University of Missouri (MU, or Mizzou) has made great strides in increasing the diversity of our campus community and nurturing an inclusive campus climate for faculty, students and staff.  The broad range of life experiences, values, cultural practices and perspectives in our community establishes an institutional foundation for innovative learning and discovery.  It further expands the university’s ability to become a globally-recognized epicenter for education, research and entrepreneurship.

As a comprehensive research university, it is essential for our scholarship to reflect our commitment to diversity.  Faculty all across campus are actively engaged in research that contributes to a better understanding of the complexity of human experiences, and integrates academic research with the world of policy and action.  Researchers are tackling such issues as: Black women’s working-class activism and the politics of urban decline; lottery funded scholarships and their effect on access and retention of minority students; designing adaptive clothing for individuals with disabilities to decrease stigma; and creating technology to enhance aging in place.  Diversity research is enriched by the work of faculty in the Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies departments, as well as research centers such as the Cambio Center, Center on Religions and the Professions, the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora, and the Vietnam Institute, among others.  Diversity in Action, a program of the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI), showcases new diversity research in a monthly seminar format.

We believe that our curriculum must offer courses that will prepare all of our students for the increasingly multicultural 21st century. Our schools and colleges are committed to infusing discipline-relevant diversity into the curriculum.  This has resulted in such groundbreaking efforts as the Trulaske College of Business’ Global Mindset and Multicultural Learning Map and the College of Education’s Personal Transformational Pathways. And our students actively seek out a diversity curriculum: an estimated 8000 undergrads are currently signed up for MU’s Multicultural Certificate program which gives credit for a multitude of courses, including, for example:  Global Animal Agriculture, Blogging the World: the Web in Cultural Context, African Diaspora Folklore, and Theory and Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed.   The MU International Center offers more than 300 study abroad programs; and a record 1,371 student studied abroad in 2012, making the University one of only 66 campuses in the country to send more than 1,000 students abroad annually.

Diversity extends to our student body and to the many co-curricular opportunities we offer.  The Disability Center, Multicultural Center, Black Culture Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center, and Veterans Center provide support and leadership development for the growing number of demographically diverse students and allies we enroll.  Student organizations run the gamut from professional organizations (National Association of Black Accountants, National Association of Hispanic Journalists), to affiliation groups (Triangle Coalition, Legion of Black Collegians, Muslim Student Organization) to service organizations (Peer-to-Peer, Enhanced Leaders Inspiring Through Excellence).  These student organizations greatly expand our diversity programming and events on campus.

At MU, inclusion and equity are more than a matter of compliance.  The University of Missouri is dedicated to creating and maintaining an environment in which no individual is discriminated against based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran.  But that’s our floor, not our ceiling.  We want all members of our community to feel welcome at Mizzou and to understand their responsibility for making our institution a welcoming place for others.

We are pleased with our progress in improving the ability of members of our community to function successfully in a multicultural climate given that often people are not prepared to deal with others whom they perceive as different from themselves.  CDI offers such innovative programming as Diversity 101, a four-week interactive web-based class; Workplace Diversity, a monthly brown-bag skill-building workshop; and superb online professional development modules on conflict resolution and respectful workplaces.  We reach into the classroom to improve instructors’ cultural competency through our Difficult Dialogue fellows, Guide to Religions (with dates for necessary classroom accommodation), universal design and teaching tips for an inclusive classroom.

There’s much more we could tell you about MU and our approach to community-building.  But why don’t you check it out for yourself?  Our website, diversity.missouri.edu, is filled with information that will give you a better sense of who we are and what we are trying to achieve.  Discover the resources for various communities at MU including African-Americans, LGBTQ folks, and Hispanic/Latino(a)s, to name but a few.  Note that MU has a strong disability community and several programs and services specific to disability including the Adaptive Computing Technology Center and the Great Plains ADA Technical Assistance Center (as well as a nationally recognized wheelchair basketball program).  Review our numbers, look at our diversity offices and programs, and view our Tips for Talking about Race.  And if you still want more information, feel free to contact the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative where we will happily ensure that your questions get answered.

CONTACT US

Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative
S303 Memorial Union
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: (573) 882-5838
Fax: (573) 884-4103

diversity@missouri.edu

Fax: (573) 882-9907

People

You've come to the right place to find your new career or to make the leap to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional in your field, and no matter what kind of job you are looking for, chances are that we have the right opportunity for you.

Why? Because Mizzou is not just a world-renowned educational and research institution, The University of Missouri is also one of the biggest, most versatile employers in Columbia, MO. And we don't just have first-rate faculty and students, we have first-rate staff too! Whether you are a finance professional, a plumber, a research scientist, a preschool teacher, a food services worker, a custodian, a graphic designer, or a swimming coach, working at MU means you know you are a part of something big — you're making a difference in the world.

 We have it all: challenging and engaging work, a wide variety of jobs to fit your career goals, great benefits, career development and training, work-life fit, beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, a sense of community and belonging, and a proven commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Vision

Statement of Values

The University of Missouri, as the state's major land-grant university, honors the public trust placed in it and accepts the associated accountability to the people of Missouri for its stewardship of that trust. Our duty is to acquire, create, transmit and preserve knowledge and to promote understanding.

We the students, faculty and staff of MU hold the following values to be the foundation of our identity as a community. We pledge ourselves to act, in the totality of our life together, in accord with these values.

Respect

Respect for one's self and for others is the foundation of honor and the basis of integrity. A hallmark of our community is respect — for the process by which we seek truths and for those who engage in that process. Such respect is essential for nurturing the free and open discourse, exploration and creative expression that characterize a university. Respect results in dedication to individual as well as collective expressions of truth and honesty. Respect is demonstrated by a commitment to act ethically, to welcome difference, and to engage in open exchange about both ideas and decisions.

Responsibility

A sense of responsibility requires careful reflection on one's moral obligations. Being responsible imposes the duty on us and our university to make decisions by acknowledging the context and considering consequences, both intended and unintended, of any course of action. Being responsible requires us to be thoughtful stewards of resources — accountable to ourselves, each other and the publics we serve.

Discovery

Learning requires trust in the process of discovery. Discovery often fractures existing world views and requires acceptance of uncertainty and ambiguity. Therefore, the university must support all its members in this lifelong process that is both challenging and rewarding. As we seek greater understanding and wisdom, we also recognize that knowledge itself has boundaries. What we know is not all that is.

Excellence

We aspire to an excellence that is approached through diligent effort, both individual and collective. Pursuing excellence means being satisfied with no less than the highest goals we can envision. Pursuing excellence involves being informed by regional, national and global standards, as well as our personal expectations. We recognize and accept the sacrifices, risks and responsibilities involved in pursuing excellence, and so we celebrate each other's successes. We commit ourselves to this process in an ethical and moral manner.

These statements are mere words until we integrate them as values in our individual lives and reflect them in our institutional policies and practices. We pledge ourselves to make them effective in the very fabric of our lives, our community, and all our relationships with others, thereby enhancing the development of individuals and the well-being of society.

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