In fall 2014, black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian/Pacific Islander students accounted for about one-third of all college enrollment in the United States. Recent campus conversations and protests have brought to light the lack of faculty that represent the diverse backgrounds of students who are now a part of America's higher education classrooms. Nationwide, about five percent of faculty are African-American, about three present Hispanic and one percent are Native American. Over the past two decades, these numbers have mostly remained the same. A looming question that impacts this issue is: Why is faculty diversity important? What impact does it have on the student body? How can universities diversify their campus faculty? Below are some articles that address these questions, and provide some insightful perspectives of how the answers will hopefully improve these numbers.
You've worked hard to create a student melting pot, but what about your faculty? This article by University Business discusses the methods universities can use to diversify their faculty. It also covers the history of challenges related to laws regarding discrimination.
Diversity in College Faculty Just as Important as Student Body Matthew Lynch, author of A Call to Teach and editor at The Edvocate, outlines the importance for having faculty from various ethnic and racial backgrounds who can shape a long-term inclusive environment on campus.
Doing Diversity in Higher Education An assistant professor of Africana studies at the College of New Jersey answers questions about the faculty's role in promoting diversity on campus.
Four Steps Forward to A More Diverse College Faculty This brochure, created by the Doctoral Scholars Program, presents four ways for policymakers and educational leaders to increase diversity on campus.
Reconsidering the Pipeline Problem: Increasing Faculty Diversity This blog post addresses a possible cause of the lack of faculty diversity seen in academia.
Written by Chanell Turner, Publications and Programming Assistant of the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program.