Project Page: U.S. Universities Are Not Succeeding in Diversifying Faculty


Universities say they’re increasing faculty diversity. Is that translating to change overall? Review the data take action, and join the discussion here.

paper By J. Nathan Matias, Neil Lewis Jr., and Elan Hope

U.S. universities have made public commitments to recruit and retain faculty of color. Analysis of three federal datasets shows that at current rates, diversity in U.S. faculty will never reach racial parity. Yet colleges and universities could achieve parity by 2050 by diversifying their faculty at 3.5 times the current pace.

This landing page provides full links and details for our Comment paper in Nature Human Behavior, our data analysis, and what you can do to work toward demographic parity by 2025.

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If you are interested in your institution’s position in relation to relevant institution groups, the code and data listed above includes projections for every Carnegie category, US News category, and Opportunity Insights category, alongside code to generate similar charts.

How You Can Take Action

We hope our article inspires action and research, in addition to conversation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that faculty diversity is a much-discussed topic across the US and internationally, and we want to engage respectfully with what we expect could be a high volume conversation. To support that conversation, we are posting a Frequently-Asked-Questions document here, which we will update with our answers to common questions.