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Keeping Our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color Position Paper (2002)

by Caroline S. Turner, Ph.D., and David V. Taylor, Ph.D.

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.

The intention of Keeping Our Faculties is twofold: first, to provide a document to assist

others as they work to increase the representation of African American, Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific American scholars throughout the range of disciplines, fields, and institutions in academe; second, to act as a catalyst in the struggle to increase the representation of people of color in the academic and administrative ranks of postsecondary institutions of higher education.

The authors provide recommendations on how to diversify the professorate to all stakeholders in the higher education community, including administrators, faculty, students, trustees, alumni, researchers, funders, and professional organizations. This is a call to action.

Download Keeping Our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color Position Paper

About the Authors: Caroline S. Turner, Ph.D., and David V. Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline S. Turner is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University, and Dr. David V. Taylor is dean of the General College at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Turner is a nationally known scholar on access and equity in higher education and recently completed an American Council on Education (ACE) fellowship at California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Taylor is an associate professor of African American History and former Institute for Educational Management (IEM) fellow, Harvard University (1985). Both authors have a long history of involvement with the Keeping Our Faculties (KOF) symposia. Dr. Turner founded and chaired the first KOF symposium held in Minneapolis, October of 1998. Dr. Taylor was actively involved as a member of the planning committee. Dr. Taylor chaired the second conference held in Minneapolis, April of 2002. Dr. Turner continued to provide leadership serving on the 2002 KOF national advisory board.