Effectively recruiting faculty of color at highly selective institutions: A school of education case study

Marybeth Gasman, Jessica Kim, Thai Huy Nguyen

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In this study, we use the case study methodology to examine the faculty recruiting and hiring practices within a school of education at a highly selective private research university. The research question was, what are the practices and policies at the school of education that either promote or detract from recruiting and hiring of faculty of color? In order to answer this question, we conducted a review of the extant literature pertaining to the recruitment of faculty of color to research universities, looking for specific strategies that are considered to have a substantial impact on this practice. Then we collected and analyzed institutional data on faculty recruitment practices in one school of education for the past 5 years, looking at applicant pools, advertising strategies, and hiring practices. Lastly, we conducted qualitative interviews with past search committee chairs, school administrators, and recently hired faculty of color to understand the decision-making processes as they pertain to general faculty recruitment as well as hurdles to, and incentives for, recruiting faculty of color.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-222
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


  • diversity
  • faculty
  • hiring
  • recruitment
  • retention

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