The reason we don’t have more faculty of color among college faculty is why university education is important essay we don’t want them. We simply don’t want them.
I was asked a question pertaining to the lack of faculty of color at many majority institutions, especially more elite institutions. Those in the audience were surprised by my candor and gave me a round of applause for the honesty. Given the short amount of time I had on the stage, I couldn’t explain the evidence behind my statement. I will do so here. I have been a faculty member since 2000, working at several research universities. In addition, I give talks, conduct research and workshops and do consulting related to diversifying the faculty across the nation.
I have learned a lot about faculty recruitment over 16 years and as a result of visiting many colleges and universities. What people forget is that attending the elite institutions and being mentored by prominent people is linked to social capital and systemic racism ensures that people of color have less of it. It is accurate that there are fewer people of color in some disciplines such as engineering or physics. However, there are great numbers of Ph.
Why don’t you create the pipeline? Why don’t you grow your own? Why not encourage, mentor, and support more people of color in your field? Fourth, faculty search committees are part of the problem. They are not trained in recruitment, are rarely diverse in makeup, and are often more interested in hiring people just like them rather than expanding the diversity of their department. They reach out to those they know for recommendations and rely on ads in national publications. The answers are right in front of us.
What happens when a college recruits black students others consider too risky? For those reading this essay, you might be wondering why faculty diversity is important. Your wondering is yet another reason why we don’t have a more diverse faculty. Having a diverse faculty strengthens the faculty and the institution as there is more richness in the curriculum and in conversations taking place on committees and in faculty meetings.