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Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2) Diversity Committee
October 23, 2006

References from the Literature

  • ACE Minorities In Higher Ed Annual Status Report  (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) The 21st edition summarizes the status of racial and ethnic minorities in American higher education including: high school completion, college statistics, and higher education employment. This edition has data from 1991-2001.
  • Halcomb-McCoy, C. & Bradley, C. Recruitment and retention of ethnic minority counselor educators: An exploratory study of CACREP-accredited counseling programs. Counselor Education and Supervision, 42, 231-243. The researchers surveyed 73 Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs liaisons and found that many programs do not have strategies for recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty.
  • Harvey, W.B. and James Valadez, eds. (1994) Creating and Maintaining a Diverse Faculty. New Directions for Community Colleges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. This has a collection of articles relating to African-American and Hispanic faculty at the community college level. It includes a few articles on recruitment and retention of minority faculty. (PDF Downloaded)
  • Moody, J. (2004). Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions. New York: RoutledgeFalmer. UVa Call number LB2332.6.M66 2004. This book points out that ethnic majority faculty has a big part in recruiting and retaining ethnic minority faculty. It illustrates advantages of being faculty who is of ethnic majority and disadvantages of being in the minority. It also differentiates between immigrant and non-immigrant minorities. The author claims that non-immigrant minorities have greater barriers in academia as well as outside academia. This book provides solutions to undo disadvantages and provides advice on good practices as well as their application. It also gives recruiting and retaining advice, as well as advice on mentoring relationships between majority faculty and non-tenured minority faculty. Limited preview
  • Moody, J. (2005). Rising Above Cognitive Errors: Guidelines for Search, Tenure Review, and Other Evaluation Committees. JoAnn Moody. This monograph can be ordered on JoAnn Moody's Web site, This monograph provides guidelines for committees who are in search of faculty, reviewing for tenure, and evaluating faculty. The author lists cognitive mistakes committed by committees along the process such as stereotyping. It also lists six dysfunctions that lead to more cognitive errors such as rushing and overloading the committees. The author gives solutions to avoid cognitive errors and dysfunctions as well as provide case study for analysis and practice.
  • Feagin, J. R. (2002).  The continuing significance of racism: U.S. colleges and universities.  Washington, DC: American Council on Education, Office of Minorities in Higher Education.   Discusses the social climate in college campuses including graduation rates of underrepresented groups, rates of attendance, and success in graduate programs. To Order
  • Reskin, B. R. (1998) The realities of Affirmative Action in employment.  Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
    This book contains systematic and empirically-based studies on the effects of Affirmative Action in employment. It explains how Affirmative Action works, policies, purpose, and procedures to equalize opportunities. It illustrates how scientific research suggests that discriminatory barriers to equal employment are reduced by Affirmative Action. This book also includes diverse perspectives from those affected by Affirmative Action. Lastly, this book shows how research findings can be used in equal employment policies. To buy
  • Turner, C.S.V. (2002) Diversifying the Faculty, A Guidebook for Search Committees.  Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
    This guidebook has recommendations and suggestions for faculty search committees in searching, recruiting, and hiring faculty of color. Most suggestions come from faculty of color. It focuses on the process of searching and hiring junior-level faculty but it may be applicable to other ranks. This book also has annotated bibliographies for further research. To order
  • Turner, C.S.V., & Myers, S. L., Jr. (2000).  Faculty of color in academe: Bittersweet success.  Allyn & Bacon: Needham Heights, M.A.
    This book illustrates inequalities in teaching institutions based on ethnic differences, based on experiences by faculty of color from eight mid-western states. This gives recommendations on how to successfully recruit and keep faculty of color, as well as how institutions can develop a diverse group of faculty.

On-Line Resources

  • Best practices in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty - Charmaine Clowney.  Retrieved on June 12, 2006 from aA PowerPoint presentation on recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. Topics include: demographic trends, legal issues, challenges and barriers, and best practices. (717) 991- 3681
  • How to Diversify Faculty: The Current Legal Landscape by Ann D. Springer
    An extensive list of references on various diversity topics including: academic hiring guides, minority faculty recruitment, hiring & retention, women in the academy, tenure issues, teaching and diversity, and much more.
  • How to Diversify Faculty: The Current Legal Landscape by Ann D. Springer American Association of University Professors Associate Counsel. Topics include: benefits of diversifying, law on diversifying faculty, and guidelines on how to diversify faculty. This also has relevant links and references.
  • APA Resources on Recruitment and Retention.  Among the resources include links to reports on recruitment and retention for faculty and students, guides for students of color applying to graduate programs, guides for surviving academia for women and minority, and valuing diversity in faculty.
  • Introductory Psychology. Tips and guidelines on how instructors can incorporate diversity (gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and age) into psychological topics.
  • Diversity Forum. This website has a link to the Diversity Forum sponsored by one of the Big Ten institutions. The diversity forum brings together faculty to examine issues on diversity. It is a biennial symposium; the last one was in 2005.
  • Diversity Web. (this page has links to other useful resources) These websites provides information and references on faculty recruitment, tenure, and promotion; faculty/staff development & programs; and teaching strategies & classroom practices. Diversity issues are specifically addressed in all of these topics.
  • DiversityWorks, Inc. (2005) “New Paradigms for Diversifying Faculty and Staff in Higher Education, Video and Workbook” (Ph.  (217) 378 - 5135).   This is a 75 minute video with a workbook to help higher educations institutions recruit, hire, and keep diverse employees. The video and workbook includes resources, recommendations, discussion questions, and new theories on hiring and retention.
  • Diversity Resources Database (DRD). A free database of print, media, and web-based resources on understanding inequalities in education. Material topics focus on examining inequalities socially, institutionally, and structurally. Materials also discuss teaching practices.
  • The Multicultural Pavilion  This site has links to various activities, lesson plans, and workshops primarily for teachers, instructors, and educators to promote multicultural understanding. It includes links to icebreakers, strategies and preparation, and introspective activities.
  • Faculty for the Future This is another database where ethnic minority faculty or individuals seeking academic positions or research positions in universities may post their resumes and vitas. Institutions may also post open positions.
  • This UCLA website has resources to address campus diversity. It has search engines and links to other resources from other universities and organizations. This includes links to help faculty search committees in recruiting diverse faculty.
  • Teaching Resources in Psych (OTRP)
    Reading materials and resources concerning diversity issues including: war, peace, and genocides, diversity in psychology, sexual orientation, faculty guide to multicultural competence, and resources in teaching cross-cultural issues in psychology. Most materials are in PDF format and downloadable.
  • Minority and Women Doctoral Directory. This database has information on employment candidates who have recently received, or are soon to receive, a Doctoral or Master's degree in more than 80 fields. It currently has 4,500 Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian American, and women students. Its purpose is to help institution find minority and women candidates for faculty and/or professional positions.
  • Ethnic Diversity. This website has links to African American, American Indian, Asian American, U.S. Latino, LGBT, and multicultural resources. The site provides a variety of links to e-journals, e-magazines, government sites, and library references categorized according to minority status.  
  • National Minority Faculty ID Program. The purpose of this program is to help ethnic minorities find positions in academic institutions and vice versa. For a fee, it allows institutions to view the candidates’ vitas.
  • SPSP Diversity Initiatives. This site has links and information about the SPSP Diversity Fund which provide travel awards for graduate students from underrepresented groups to attend the SPSP conference. The site also has links for undergraduates to learn more about obtaining a registration award. It provides information about the SPN Mentorship Program for students from underrepresented groups; students can search through a mentor database. This site also provides links to GLBT resources and other resources for minorities.

Selected Resources and Practices at Specific Institutions

  • College of Redwoods Multicultural and Diversity Curricular links. This site has numerous links to other sites about multicultural and diversity issues. Links include: current events, information for kids, multicultural and diversity curriculum, professional organization and employment resources, research on racism, and much more.  The link about professional organization has further links about women in the sciences.
  • Southern Illinois University Minority Recruitment and Retention Website. This website was designed to help departments and Southern Illinois University recruit and retain minority faculty. It also has a list of topics covered in seminars about recruitment and retention of minority faculty at SIU.
  • University of Virginia. Lists references associated with a wide range of recruitment and retention topics, including: Recent court decisions, benefits of diversity and diverse faculty, good practices for search committee members, developing and writing the job description, inadvertent gender bias in candidate evaluation, retention plan, and after the search.
  • Villanova University. This site has a great list of references (books and journal articles) on diversity issues including ones on faculty recruitment and retention.

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Thanks to Katherine Ong for her assistance with compiling and annotating these resources.

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