ERIC Number: EJ1061421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Creating and Implementing a Faculty Interest Group for Historically Underrepresented Faculty
Follins, Lourdes D.; Paler, Lisa K.; Nanin, Jose E.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n9 p839-851 2015
This article describes the creation and implementation of a faculty interest group for historically underrepresented faculty at a large, urban community college in the Northeast. Faculty interest groups provide opportunities for faculty across disciplines to meet to explore common interests and share concerns and best practices. The faculty interest group described in this article was designed to explore and address the challenges faced by historically underrepresented faculty and facilitate the process of attaining reappointment, promotion, and tenure. Nationwide, nearly half of community college students come from populations that are also historically underrepresented, and community colleges are challenged to recruit and retain faculty that mirror the student body. Research demonstrates that historically underrepresented faculty members enrich the overall education of all students, and yet a significant number of those faculty members describe their college campuses as unwelcoming. Factors that make campuses unwelcoming for these faculty include, but are not limited to, the following: isolation and marginalization; salary disparities; microaggressions based on race, gender, and sexual identity; heightened visibility; and additional role demands. Community college administrators ought to be concerned with historically underrepresented faculty members' satisfaction and persistence on campus because these faculty members are vital members of the academy. Faculty interest groups for historically underrepresented faculty may provide the support and professional development opportunities that will ensure their retention and success in academia.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Group Dynamics, Minority Group Teachers, African American Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, College Faculty, Disproportionate Representation, Community Colleges, Urban Areas, Interests, Faculty Promotion, Tenure, Teacher Recruitment, Performance Technology, Professional Isolation, Social Bias, Salary Wage Differentials, Aggression, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Persistence, Disabilities, Sexual Orientation, Women Faculty, Work Environment, Advocacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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