© 2014

The Truly Diverse Faculty

New Dialogues in American Higher Education

  • Editors
  • Stephanie A. Fryberg
  • Ernesto Javier Martínez

Part of the The Future of Minority Studies book series (FMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. University Structures and the Professional Lives of Junior Faculty of Color

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephanie A. Fryberg, Ernesto Javier Martínez
      Pages 3-34
    3. Victoria C. Plaut
      Pages 35-67
  3. Negotiating a Nondiverse Academy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Denise Sekaquaptewa
      Pages 99-124
    3. Phillip Atiba Goff
      Pages 125-155
    4. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
      Pages 157-200
  4. Speaking to the Pipeline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. John Riofrio
      Pages 203-233
    3. Monisha Bajaj
      Pages 235-263
    4. Mari Castañeda, Michael Hames-García
      Pages 265-292
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 293-302

About this book


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.


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About the authors

Kal Alston, Syracuse University, USA Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco, USA Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University, USA Mari Castañeda, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA Luis Fraga, University of Washington, USA Phillip Atiba Goff, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Michael Hames-García, University of Oregon, USA James A. Larimore, New York University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Daniel Little, University of Michigan, USA Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, USA Nana Osei-Kofi, Oregon State University, USA Victoria Plaut, University of California, Berkeley, USA John Riofrio, College of William and Mary, USA Denise Sekaquaptewa, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Robert N. Shelton, Research Corporation for Science Advancement Carol Stabile, University of Oregon, USA Kecia Thomas, University of Georgia, USA Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine, USA

Bibliographic information


"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. It gives administrators and faculty personnel committees a compelling analysis of what often goes awry when faculty newcomers to the professoriate are hired and expected to simply fit in with existing, narrow standards of excellence. It provides powerful examples of institutional failures when common diversity narratives convey that faculty of color strive for success but fall short, not because of normative and procedural shortcomings of institutions but because of their own weaknesses. Fortunately, this book also offers equally powerful examples of institutional successes approaches to creating a truly diverse faculty that work. Importantly, although geared to a higher education audience, this book has much to offer to other institutions that also must diversify to represent and connect with increasingly diverse clients, customers, and colleagues." - Patricia Gurin, Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies, Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, and Director of Research, Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan, USA