ERIC Number: ED479224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Piecing Together the "Mosaic Called Diversity": One Community College's Experience with Hiring a More Diverse Faculty.
Johnston, George Henry
Community colleges are faced with the need to hire not only more new faculty, but also a more diverse faculty. Although community colleges have a disproportionately large number of minority students, the numbers of minority faculty are low. Because state and federal affirmative action programs are under increasing attack, community college administrators are somewhat limited in their ability to influence policy and procedural changes regarding this issue. The role of community college faculty involvement in the hiring process is not well documented. In order to answer the question of how community colleges can hire a more diverse faculty, the author guided the study with two subsidiary questions: (1) What are the policies and procedures for the hiring of full-time faculty? and (2) What strategies are being considered for hiring a more diverse full-time faculty in the future? Twenty participants who had observed various aspects of the current faculty selection process were selected and agreed to participate in in-depth interviews. Twenty-six faculty and staff were selected and agreed to participate in concept mapping research. The author found that a cornerstone of the affirmative action process seemed to be wider distribution of advertisements for available positions than had existed in the past at the college studied. Research instrument appended. (Contains 123 references, 8 tables, and 5 figures.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Submitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Ph.D. in Education.