Officially Advocated, but Institutionally Undermined: Diversity Rhetoric and Subjective Realities of Junior Faculty of Color

By Victoria C. Plaut, Stephanie A. Fryberg and Ernesto Javier Martínez.

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The purpose of this paper is to explicitly link the experiences of junior faculty of color with the cultural and structural realities that surround them in academia. Specifically, the paper is divided into three parts. The first part interrogates university practices and ideologies that serve to institutionally undermine faculty diversity. The second part tackles the stereotype of junior faculty of color as “strugglers,” or as having a high likelihood of not meeting tenure expectations. Finally, we illustrate a variety of subjective experiences of junior faculty of color, stemming from these processes, including experiences of job satisfaction and commitment to the university. Throughout the paper, we supplement the theoretical analysis with preliminary data from an on-going survey of junior faculty of color.

Keywords: Junior Faculty of Color, Faculty Diversity, Diversity Ideologies, Stereotypes, Job Satisfaction

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.101-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 962.775KB).

Victoria C. Plaut

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

Victoria C. Plaut, a social and cultural psychologist, is Assistant Professor of Law and Social Science at UC Berkeley School of Law. Her research on diversity, culture, and inclusion addresses the challenges and opportunities of working, living, and learning in diverse environments. Recent projects have focused on diversity climate, diversity resistance, perceptions of inclusion, color-blind vs. multicultural models of diversity, models of deafness and disability, and gender diversity and recruitment, among others. Dr. Plaut has authored articles on diversity in the leading journals in her field, such as Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She is currently working on a book titled Diversity Ideologies in Organizations, co-edited with Kecia M. Thomas and Ny Mia Tran. Dr. Plaut has consulted on diversity issues for a wide range of clients including school districts, universities, corporations, and health care organizations. She holds an M.Sc. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford.

Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Affiliate Faculty Member in American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Stephanie A. Fryberg (Ph.D. Stanford University; Tulalip Tribes) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and an Affiliate Faculty member in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. Her primary research interests focus on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self and identity. She has received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Louise Kidder Early Career Award for contributions of research to society and the University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award for excellence in undergraduate education.

Ernesto Javier Martínez

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Ernesto Javier Martínez is an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon. He has published essays on minority identity, literature, and social theory in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association. He is the co-editor, with Michael Hames-García, of Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (Duke UP, 2011). He is currently working a book manuscript titled Queer Race Narratives: On the Practice and Politics of Intelligibility and a co-edited collection, with Stephanie Fryberg, entitled Engaging Our Faculties: New Dialogues on Diversity in Higher Education.


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