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.