ERIC Number: ED339261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving a Diverse Faculty: Lessons from the Experience of The Evergreen State College.
Cooper, Rita; Smith, Barbara Leigh
AAHE Bulletin, v43 n2 p10-12 Oct 1990
Between 1986 and 1989, The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, increased its proportion of faculty of color from 11 percent to 20 percent. This was accomplished by reorganizing the college's approach to faculty hiring and retention. Keys to hiring success involved institutional commitment, utilization of inside resources, being creative in seeking applicants, doing research to locate applicants, being open minded, being flexible in disciplinary background requirements, requiring an adequately representative applicant pool, and becoming aware of unintentional barriers in the hiring process. Retaining a diverse faculty requires building a hospitable campus environment. Orientation programs for new faculty at The Evergreen State College offer a buddy system, written materials, a fall off-campus retreat, and workshops throughout the year. Assistance in helping new faculty to become familiar with the cultural norms and idiosyncracies on campus is especially important; the buddy system, which pairs a respected faculty member with some longevity within the institution with a new faculty member, was chosen to help communicate these norms. (JDD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Environment, College Faculty, Ethnic Groups, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Labor Turnover, Mentors, Minority Groups, Personnel Selection, Staff Orientation, Teacher Orientation
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036-1110 ($3.50 each, 1-10 copies; $2.50 each, 11 or more copies).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.