Inside Higher Ed
June 4th, 2015
There are important issues around diversity -- notably in terms of
ethnicity/race, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation and gender --
that have been of concern to institutions of higher education for a
while now. The progress made in these areas may be less than impressive,
but they have a conspicuous place on our radar screens.
There is another dimension of diversity that has yet to attract the
attention it deserves: the diversity of contributions that can be made
by different members of an institution’s tenured and tenure-track
faculty. Faculty members in these positions are pivotal to fostering the
kind of change needed in our colleges and universities if we are to
better serve our students. Such change would involve how faculty members
judge one another, how departments view their responsibilities, how
those responsibilities can best be fulfilled and how the work of faculty
members is viewed by academic administrators.