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Monday, September 20, 2021

Five Ways To Make A Real Improvement In Hiring Black Professors

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  5 Ways to Make a Real Improvement in Hiring Black Professors, by J. Luke Wood (Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, and Distinguished Professor of Education, San Diego State):

At San Diego State University, we had 25 tenured and tenure-track Black faculty members in the fall of 2017. This fall, thanks to significant policy and process changes and cross-divisional partnerships, we have 42 — a 68-percent increase in a span of only four years. Since the summer of 2020, we’ve hired nine Black faculty members in academic departments. An additional three hires have faculty status but are in student-affairs offices (such as counseling and campus cultural centers).

In four short years, we have made important and noticeable improvements in the Black community on our campus. These faculty members are introducing new courses, overseeing student-retention and -success programs, and offering our students crucial and much-needed one-on-one connections. Certainly we have more to do, but we’ve laid the foundation to ensure that the number of Black faculty members at the university will continue to rise over time.

How did we do it? Here are some strategies we used and lessons learned along the way.

Strategy No. 1: Cluster hiring. ...
Strategy No. 2: Search-process changes. ...
Strategy No. 3: Search criteria. ...
Strategy No. 4: Student engagement. ...
Strategy No. 5: Inclusion representatives. ...

This has been a campuswide effort. It takes a committed, cross-divisional team with a unified vision to make real changes in hiring. But hiring is just the first stage. Recruiting diverse faculty members and retaining them are two sides of the same coin. We’ll be working hard on that, too.

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