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Record identifier : 569422
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Jaffer, Rozmina Akbarali
Title and statement of responsibility : Diversity in higher education: Hiring policies and practices to diversify faculty in the College of Agriculture at a midwestern university [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Michigan State University, 2008
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , Michigan State University
Summary or Abstract : As the nation experiences a major shift in demographics, higher education institutions are faced with the need to increase diversity on college and university campuses to better serve today's student population. Consequently, universities have a greater sense of urgency to diversify their faculties and achieve an all-inclusive campus environment. Universities generally support and believe that diversity better serves the needs of today's demographically different student population. However, despite the general support for an increase in minority faculty, progress has been slow, suggesting persistent challenges. One explanation for such slow progress is the culture and climate that is resistant to change in embracing diversity. Consequently, the problem is that diversification of faculty continues to be a challenge. Though there is significant research about many obstacles faced by faculty of color and women in higher education, there is a dearth of studies examining personnel practices at the department level in the context of espoused theories of the university in support of diversity. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore factors that inhibit or enhance the hiring of the tenure-track faculty workforce at a Midwestern university. This study emerges from two previous studies implemented at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at a Midwestern university. Through the use of a qualitative case-study approach, open-ended and semistructured interviews were conducted with search-committees members and administrators, followed by a focus group. A review of university archival documents and hiring policies provided background information. This study provides "best practices" for policy recommendations to improve the hiring of tenure-track faculty.The findings revealed several factors that inhibit or enhance the hiring of tenure-track diverse faculty in the college: (a) Minority faculty and women feel a lack of support for success, feel isolated, and believe their work is devalued or marginalized, thus leading to the feeling that the climate is "chilly" and unwelcoming in the college; (b) ineffective "mechanical" hiring policies and practices continue to challenge diversification of the faculty in the college; (c) top leadership support is lacking for a diversified campus; and (d) members of the search committee lack training in understanding hiring policies and practices or affirmative-action programs, and therefore myths continue to erode efforts to create a diversified faculty pool. The results of this study highlight the impact on the ban of affirmative-action programs in the state and the continued struggle minorities and women experience in higher education institutions. Little research in the area of tenure-track faculty recruitment and search committees has been conducted; therefore, this study is important, as it is unique in the state..
Topical Name Used as Subject : School administration
: Higher education
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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