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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  • Good intentions must be matched with careful planning and deliberate

    The Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit Directory, 2nd Edition is a 288-page directory that contains over 650 career-focused, national newsletters, magazines, journals, web sites, job banks and job boards targeting college-educated African American, Arab American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American professionals. This informative resource also contains 40 pages of strategies and over 1,000 additional diversity recruitment advertising resources including listings of associations, recruitment marketing companies, and government agencies.

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    follow-through. You hear from colleagues that your dean is assembling yet another diversity committee. For years, you have strongly advocated addressing diversity issues at the faculty, staff, and student levels, yet you’re dreading that call from the dean. In the past, you have dutifully agreed to serve on diversity committees only to see the resulting recommendations end up on a shelf somewhere, never to be examined, discussed, or implemented.

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

  • 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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  • Harvard University Office for Faculty Development and Diversity Inaugural Report (2006) - On June 13, 2006 Harvard University released the inaugural report of its newly created Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, along with the announcement of $7.5 million in enhancements to its work-life programs. These enhancements are designed to better support faculty, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff as they balance the demands of work and family.

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