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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  • Faculty of color are severely underrepresented in American higher education; they

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    make up just over 10 percent of full-time undergraduate professors. Many in academe are familiar with this statistic and know that progress in increasing the presence of faculty of color on U.S. campuses has been slow. They are also aware, however, that students of color have made significant strides in gaining access to higher education over the last twenty years—progress so great that white students are no longer the majority on many campuses.

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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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  • 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 Revolving Door for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Higher Education (2006)

    By: Josè F. Moreno, Daryl G. Smith, Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Sharon Parker, and Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi

    Colleges and universities are struggling to diversify because underrepresented minority faculty are leaving almost as fast as they can be hired. he report analyzed faculty hiring and retention data at 27 private colleges and universities in California between 2000 and 2004. The report showed that underrepresented minority faculty — faculty who are African American, Latino/a and Native American/Alaska Native — increased from seven percent to nine percent during this period. This increase was limited in large part due to a high turnover rate among these faculty. The report showed that nearly three of every five newly hired underrepresented minority faculty were simply replacing other underrepresented minority faculty that had left the institutions.

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