Higher Education Administration and Faculty Diversity Reading Room

The Higher Education Administration and Faculty Diversity Reading Room is designed to address the needs of education professionals working with diversity and diversity recruiting issues. It features articles, studies and other resources on the subject of faculty and administration diversity in higher education.

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  • It has become fashionable to explore the "best practices" among diversity

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    initiatives in hopes that what works at one college can be transferred to others. But based on my experience over four decades with diversity programs, including participation in three national studies of best practices, it's apparent to me that those practices rarely are evaluated adequately or include contextual information needed to determine whether they would be effective elsewhere. For example, a faculty-recruitment program declared as a "best practice" may simply reflect a campus that already has a welcoming climate and a critical mass of faculty members of color.

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  • List of effective ways to communicte your diversity inititative that facilitate smooth campus adoption of these programs. Focuses on pratical advice on how to maximize the effectiveness and to achieve the widest visibility for your your diversity inititative. Includes advice on how to keep an diversity inititative working providing several tips on maintaining a program.

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  • This position paper summarizes the history, research, strategies, and best practices surrounding issues of recruitment, advancement, and retention of faculty of color. It has evolved out of the research, publications, and experiences of participants in the 1998 and 2002 Keeping Our Faculties symposia. These meetings brought together scholars and policymakers for scholarly discussion, reflection, and the generation of useful strategies for increasing faculty racial and ethnic diversity.

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  • The first national and most comprehensive analysis to date of tenured and tenure track faculty in the “top 50” departments of science and engineering disciplines shows that females and minorities are significantly underrepresented. Disparities in hiring and retention between male and female science and engineering faculty place women at a distinct disadvantage at all levels, from undergraduate to full professor. Women faculty are poorly represented in science and engineering departments of research universities. This has grave repercussions for undergraduate and graduate students who are bereft of female role models and mentors and contributes to the attrition rate of women studying science and engineering.

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