Monday, June 19, 2006

Diverse faculty by design at Vanderbilt

The City Paper reports in this article that Vanderbilt University has hired five African-American professors in an attempt to expose its student body to a more diverse faculty.

"With Houston Baker, Ifeoma Nwankwo, Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Alice Randall and Hortense Spillers set to begin work at VU for the fall semester, the university’s English Department will see its black professorship roster increase from one to six."

"The move, known as cluster hiring in academia, is part of a university-wide effort to train minority students and to better collaborate with historically black colleges, according to the school."

"In 1996, Vanderbilt’s faculty consisted of 10.2 percent minorities of all backgrounds. In 2005, that number had risen to 14.2 percent."

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