The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 21st, 2015
Like the country in general, faculty members at American colleges
have become more ethnically and racially diverse over the past two
decades. Eighty-five percent of full-time and part-time faculty members
at all colleges in 1993 were white; by 2013, the latest year for which
national data are available, that figure had fallen to 72 percent. Even
so, academe doesn’t yet mirror the U.S. population, which was 63 percent
white in 2013.
Diversifying the faculty remains a challenge particularly at
liberal-arts colleges. They are typically in rural settings or located
outside major cities, areas that are often racially and ethnically
homogenous, notes the Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts
Colleges. They also usually hire academics who have experience at other
liberal-arts colleges. The job candidates are usually white and come
from upper-class backgrounds, some administrators say.