ERIC Number: EJ787239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 35
Increasing the Number of Ethnically Diverse Faculty in Special Education Programs: Issues and Initiatives
Dooley, Elizabeth A.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v26 n4 p264-272 Fall 2003
Many universities are grappling with the issue of diversifying the faculty lines in higher education. While this appears to be a global issue across disciplines, those of us who are in special education may find it to be of greater concern because special education legislation, the Individuals with disabilities Act (IDEA) strongly supports diversity. Congress has stated that the government must be responsive to the growing needs of an increasingly more diverse society, and recommended that recruitment efforts focus on bringing larger numbers of minorities into the profession. Section 610 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates an increase in the number of professionals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds (IDEA, 101-476, 1990). This paper provides justification for the need to actively participate in efforts to increase the number of ethnically diverse faculty in colleges and universities and in programs in special education. A global perspective is shared. Challenges and concerns are delineated, along with initiatives that may assist colleges and universities when designing recruitment programs.
Descriptors: Special Education, Diversity (Faculty), Ethnicity, Faculty Recruitment, Teacher Selection, Change Strategies, International Education, Federal Regulation, Case Studies, Higher Education, Cultural Pluralism, Teacher Placement
Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Available from: Allen Press, Inc. 810 East 10th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Tel: 800-627-0629; Web site: http://www.tese.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act