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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  • 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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  • Statistics indicate that sex discrimination is still very evident at American universities. To explore whether inadequate university responses when individuals complain of inequities may be a factor, a qualitative study was conducted using individual interviews with 14 students and faculty who experienced sex discrimination. Results indicated the women first made attempts to address their situations informally and were hopeful that changes would result. Although changes sometimes occurred, responses to these informal appeals were generally characterized by non-response, denial of responsibility, or retaliation. Fewer of the women reported hopes for the formal processes they used following the informal ones and many had difficulty accessing these processes. For the most part, the universities responded to the formal complaints in the same way as they had responded to the informal ones, stimulating the women to seek justice outside the university.

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