January 23, 2022

Higher Education: TIAA Institute Report Finds Only Small Gains in African American and Latino Faculty Over Past Two Decades

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From the TIAA Institute:

A new report released by the TIAA Institute finds that diversity amongst faculty in higher education institutions in America has made only small improvements in the past two decades. “Taking the Measure of Faculty Diversity” a study by Martin J. Finkelstein [Seton Hall University], Valerie Martin Conley [University of Colorado
at Colorado Springs] and Jack H. Schuster [Claremont Graduate University], notes that while the proportion of African American, Latino, and Native American faculty has increased slightly, most of the gains have been in non-tenure track positions.

The report provides a comprehensive breakdown of the faculty demographics of America’s higher education system. The Institute’s study notes that the current transformation of the faculty model has complicated efforts to increase diversity. While underrepresented minorities held 12.7% of faculty positions in 2013, up from 8.6% in 1993, they hold only 10.2% of tenured positions. Similarly, women now hold 49.2% of total faculty positions but just 37.6% of tenured positions.


The report has found that central reality of the current era is that academic appointments have been dramatically redistributed, and women and underrepresented minorities continue to be limited within that redistribution. The decreasing number of available tenure-track career jobs, along with the wider availability of part-time and otherwise more circumscribed work roles, has a direct impact on the future for academics.

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