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The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education

EDS., Stephanie Fryberg & Ernesto Javier Martínez 

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Palgrave Press

ISBN 978-1137456052

2014 |  Edited Volume


Many universities in the twenty-first century claim "diversity" as a core value, but fall short in transforming institutional practices. The disparity between what universities claim as a value and what they accomplish in reality creates a labyrinth of barriers, challenges, and extra burdens that junior faculty of color must negotiate, often at great personal and professional risk. This volume addresses these obstacles, first by foregrounding essays written by junior faculty of color and second by pairing each essay with commentary by senior university administrators. These two university constituencies play crucial roles in diversifying the academy, but rarely have an opportunity to candidly engage in dialogue. This volume harnesses the untapped collective knowledge in these constituencies, revealing how diversity claims, when poorly conceived and under-actualized, impact the university as an intellectual work environment and as a social filter for innovative ideas.

"All university administrators, professors, and educators should read this book! A vital part of creating a 'truly diverse faculty' is engaging in difficult dialogues with individuals who--because of race, gender or socioeconomic status--may experience the university differently than those in the mainstream. The Truly Diverse Faculty provides engaging and novel perspectives for doing this significant work."— Hazel Rose Markus, Stanford University

"The Truly Diverse Faculty will be the 'go to' book for university leaders who aspire to create, nurture, and sustain a diverse faculty but who too frequently fail to grasp what that goal requires of our higher education institutions."-— Patricia Gurin, University of Michigan

"This unique collaboration--across both ends of the university hierarchy--provides critical insights for all those seeking to diversify their college faculty. Finally, here is a frank and open discussion about the challenges. Every administrator and member of a search or tenure committee should read this book."— Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.


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