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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  • We’ve all heard the refrain that most colleges and universities fail to

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    diversify their faculties because so few scholars of color earn doctorates. A parallel claim is that members of underrepresented minority groups who seek academic posts are in such great demand that they can pick and choose among multiple offers.Despite the abysmal job market, many people also believe that the academy’s commitment to diversity, combined with a limited supply of minority-group scholars, has created a bidding war that favors faculty of color over white men.

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  • Good intentions must be matched with careful planning and deliberate 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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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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  • 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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