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When They Grant Tenure, More Colleges Are Taking Professors’ Diversity Work
03-06-2021, 05:39 AM
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When They Grant Tenure, More Colleges Are Taking Professors’ Diversity Work
When They Grant Tenure, More Colleges Are Taking Professors’ Diversity Work Into Account

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College faculty who work on fostering diversity within their institutions are getting rewarded at an increasing number of colleges and universities. The reward comes in the form of favorable consideration in the tenure process. This change is particularly important to women of color, who do a disproportionate amount of diversity-focused work.

Cheron Davis, an African American woman, recently earned tenure at Florida A&M University, a historically Black public research institution in Tallahassee, Florida. She secured tenure based on her teaching and research, but also spent considerable time creating opportunities for underrepresented students. When she attends conferences, she brings along campus brochures, hands them out to African American students, and talks about the benefits of her institution, unofficially recruiting for the university. When she teaches, she is ever cognizant of the diverse learning styles in the classroom, modifying her approach as needed to serve her students of different backgrounds. When students need support, she spends countless hours helping them work through challenges. And she is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, putting in the work to make this aspiration a reality.

Professor Davis is not unlike most faculty of color and others who spend considerable time doing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, but who are rarely acknowledged for it. From her perspective, this is the “work that doesn’t show up on the CV or resume.” DEI work is rarely rewarded in tenure and promotion processes at colleges and universities across the country.

The trend of including DEI work in the tenure process began in 2009 at Virginia Tech University, a public research university in Blacksburg, Virginia. The school’s faculty-led University Committee on Promotion and Tenure, supported by the provost, added diversity work to the tenure and promotion process, with the provost noting, “Diversity accomplishments are a meaningful part of the faculty review process. Candidates must do a better job of participating in and documenting their involvement in diversity initiatives.”

In 2015, Oregon State University, a public research university in Corvallis, Oregon made it clear to faculty pursuing tenure that it is committed to fostering an inclusive community and that faculty members are responsible for making sure that goal is achieved. Diversity-related work, including inclusive teaching and service on DEI-related committees, became part of the tenure and promotion process.

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31-08-2021, 08:12 PM
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