Resources for Minority Historians


Equity and Diversity

Gender Equity at the University of Iowa (PDF) (May 2006)

This report analyzes the reasons for fewer women to reach full professorship and includes several recommendations to remedy this deficiency. Salary concerns and other equity issues are also addressed, as are recommendations for solutions. This report, while heavy on statistics, provides good information for other universities to increase their representation of women in the workplace.

Gender Equity in Higher Education: 2006, American Council on Education

This site provides links to articles and studies regarding equality in the workplace. Also included are awards that are minority specific. This seems to be a good resource for keeping up with current trends and statistical findings that relate to minorities in education.

Diversifying the Faculty, Association of Colleges and Universities-Diversity Web

This article introduces some ideas about why diversity is so important in the education field and provides supporting statistical evidence as to how desperate the situation is. However, the article does not go as far as to discuss specific ways in which to increase the number of women and minorities in the workplace other than to say that aggressive recruitment strategies are needed.

Humanities Task Force Committee on Diversity Final Report and Recommendations, University of Utah (PDF)

This report analyzes the state of University of Utah departments and is very school specific. However, the last third of the report compares U of U to other schools and introduces various initiatives for increasing minority faculty. Questions that the study used are included at the end of the report. This could be useful for other institutions to look at their own departments, conduct similar studies, and come up with action items to address diversity.

Resources for Increasing Latino Participation in Higher Education, College Board (PDF)

This is an incredibly comprehensive and useful report regarding engaging Latino students in schools and increasing their success. It does not specifically address recruitment and retention of Latino faculty members, however one could argue that the increased success of Latino students would create a larger pool of qualified Latino faculty down the road. This is an interesting report with a lot of good information.

The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

Links to The Compact for Faculty Diversity, which is a partnership of regional, federal and foundation programs that focus on minority graduate education and faculty diversity. The Compact has a simple goal: to increase the number of minority students who earn doctoral degrees and become college and university faculty and diversify the pool of qualified faculty candidates.  Site has links to their partnerships and their affiliates.

Recruiting and Hiring

University of California, Berkeley

This site has information for both staff and managers regarding equity in the workplace. Plans for affirmative action, statistics and all statements regarding equity are included on this site. The ease of use and compilation of all of these documents on one site increase the transparency of Berkeley’s programs. They should also be helpful for other departments or institutions in creating an EOE environment.

University of Maryland, 1989

This report is from 1989 and, while hopefully the statistics presented are a bit better, the overall message is the same: minority faculty members often have different experiences in the workplace than do their white colleagues.  This report addresses these differences and suggests ways in which a department or institution might alleviate these differences and move more towards equality in the workplace.

University of California, Riverside

This site links to a recruitment toolkit for deans of educational departments, with particular focus on diversity and EOE. Good suggestions for best practices and appropriate steps throughout the hiring process.

University of Dayton

This site has an extensive list of links of resources for minority recruitment. Great way to make sure that job announcements are available to professional minority groups.

Minority Recruitment in the Historical Profession and Other Disciplines, Organization of American Historians, 1999

This report provides a lot of data (albeit from 1999) regarding minorities in the workplace. It is history department specific, and compares history departments to other academic departments. Also provides many suggestions for increasing minority representation within the historical field specifically.

Tips on How to Successfully Recruit Minority and Female Faculty, Florida International University (PDF)

A good checklist for how to approach recruitment and hiring of women and minority faculty. Addresses some good advice regarding “trailing spouses” and opportunities beyond salary.

Strategies for Successfully Recruiting a Diverse Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University (PDF)

This report includes a lot of good information regarding step-by-step instructions for recruiting and retaining minority employees. Also provides a great process for screening candidates. Should be a useful tool for those working to increase diversity in their own department.

Taskforce on the Recruitment and Retention of Women and Minority Faculty Report, Iowa State University, 2003 (PDF)

This report has good, specific suggestions for increasing minority representation on the faculty including a focus on education for department heads on the importance of diversity. A bit school specific, but the recommendations could be amended to benefit any institution.

Department of History, Texas Tech University

This links to the strategic plan of Texas Tech University and their number one goal is to increase minority representation both in faculty and in the student population. There are clear action items laid out in order to achieve this goal and may be useful to others looking to the same goal.

Brooklyn College, CUNY (PDF)

Brooklyn College’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan for hiring faculty.

Teaching Duties

American Council on Education

This site provides links to articles and studies regarding equality in the workplace. Also included are awards that are minority specific. This seems to be a good resource for keeping up with current trends and statistical findings that relate to minorities in education.


University Senate Task Force Report on Mentoring, University of Maryland (DOC)

This report has a lot of information about the mentoring program at UMD. Very little is said about women or minority groups, other than it is especially important for them to have mentors, as their workload is often heavier because students from the same underrepresented group often seek their guidance. This is a thorough and useful report with clear policies regarding mentorship.

Mentoring Minority Faculty, Penn State University (PDF)

This is a presentation-style site regarding appropriate responses to challenges that minority faculty face in the workplace. It provides some examples of these challenges and is a bit kitschy, but may be useful for someone looking to increase awareness of diversity issues.

National Education Association

This page discusses mentoring for minority students and faculty. It is brief and a bit too general, but is a good starting point for those interested in getting ideas for a mentorship program.

How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students, University of Michigan (PDF)

This is a guide to a mentoring program for graduate students. It includes not only ethnic and gender diversity but also religious, sexual orientation and social differences. Although it is primarily for students, insights into issues that may affect professionals can also be gleaned from this report.

Faculty Mentoring Handbook, University of Rhode Island (DOC)

This is a good guide for establishing a mentorship programs and it recognizes the importance of such a program for junior faculty members.  It includes information for both mentors and mentees, which helps make the program’s goals more clear. Good, clear, comprehensive guide to a mentorship program.

faculty Mentoring Toolkit, University of California, San Francisco

This report is very school specific, naming certain people as resources for the program, but it also includes a lot of good information regarding the program, its goals, and suggestions for activities and plans for mentorship meetings. A lot of practical, applicable advice on how to make the most of a mentoring experience.

Community Service

Creating a Campus Climate That Values Diversity, University of Massachusetts

Geared towards students, this site provides a list of resources for getting involved in minority groups and communities. I’m not sure how useful it would be, since it is school specific, but many schools have similar organizations that someone could get ideas for from this list.

Professional Development

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

This site describes an alliance of students from four institutions to provide support and encouragement for minority students. The most useful part of the site is a very extensive list of graduate internships for minority students. The site is student-specific, but has some good information.

Institutional Faculty Development Plan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

This site details a faculty development plan and lists various opportunities for faculty to expand beyond their normal range of responsibilities. Something like this would be very useful for other institutions to make clear what options faculty have to get more involved in the campus community and professional development.

Faculty Service in The California State University (CSU): An Integral Component in the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion of Faculty (PDF)

This report is about tenure track information and, specifically, experiences of women and minorities. It is an interesting report that seems to have been required by the California government in order to audit, in a way, the policies and procedures of California universities. However, the fact that this report was required by the government, coupled with the almost defensive language therein, leads the reader to consider any biases in the data and/or compilation of this information.

Campus Compact

This site lists several schools that serve large numbers of minority students and describe how they encourage success in education for those students. There are many great ideas in the descriptions that can be instituted at other schools with the same goals.

Professional Development Module on Active Learning, Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence, 2007

This site addresses active learning as a tool for increasing the effectiveness of education experiences for students. Few references to minority students and how effective this method of learning is for them, but an interesting approach to teaching, nonetheless.

Excelencia in Education

This web site Identifies, analyzes, and disseminates information on effective higher education practices for Latinos, assesses the impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on Latino achievement in higher education, and Develops, documents, and evaluates demonstration projects and other programs to support the application of effective practices in public policy and in education institutions.

The Action Network portion will provide leaders nationwide a forum to communicate and collaborate online, and to work together to grow promising strategies and a common agenda for the field. Participants will share ideas about education principles and practices and the scholarship of teaching. The Action Network will identify not just what institutions are doing, but what is truly working.