Academic Innovation for the Public Good: Marybeth Gasman

Event date: 
08/24/2022 - 7:00pm

Please join our friends at Stanford Digital Education and Trinity College for a ten-part book conversation series via Zoom where leading scholars discuss how higher education can affect the public good.  The next discussion on Wednesday, August 24th at 4pm (PDT) features Mari Castañeda, dean of Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, interviewing Marybeth GasmanSamuel DeWitt Proctor Distinguished Professor and associate dean of research in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and author of Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring.

This event will take place virtually over Zoom. We ask that everyone register via Zoom.


Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring

by Marybeth Gasman

An honest confrontation of systemic racism in faculty hiring--and what to do about it

While colleges and universities have been lauded for increasing student diversity, these same institutions have failed to achieve any comparable diversity among their faculty. In 2017, of the nation's full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty, only 3 percent each were Black men, Black women, Hispanic men, and Hispanic women. Only 6 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander men, 5 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander women, and 1 percent were American Indian/Alaska Native. Why are the numbers so abysmal? In Doing the Right Thing, Marybeth Gasman takes a hard, insightful look at the issues surrounding the recruitment and hiring of faculty of color. Relying on national data and interviews with provosts, deans, and department chairs from sixty major universities, Gasman documents the institutional forces stymieing faculty diversification, and she makes the case for how such deficiencies can and should be rectified.

Even as institutions publicly champion inclusive excellence and the number of doctoral students of color increases, Gasman reveals the entrenched constraints contributing to the faculty status quo. Impediments to progress include the alleged trade-off between quality and diversity, the power of pedigree, the rigidity of academic pipelines, failures of administrative leadership, lack of accountability among administration and faculty, and the opacity and arbitrariness of the recruitment and hiring process. Gasman contends that leaders must acknowledge institutional failures of inclusion, pervasive systemic racism, and biases that restrict people of color from pursuing faculty careers.

Recognizing that individuals from all backgrounds are essential to the creation and teaching of knowledge, Doing the Right Thing puts forth a concrete call for colleges and universities to take action and do better.


Marybeth Gasman is Samuel DeWitt Proctor Distinguished Professor and associate dean of research in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, where she also serves as executive director of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity & Justice and executive director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Her book Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring documents the institutional forces stymieing faculty diversification and explores how such deficiencies can be rectified. 


Academic Innovation for the Public Good

Stanford University and Trinity College invite you to register to attend monthly book conversations in their new series, “Academic Innovation for the Public Good.” Each event features an author of a recently published scholarly work exploring the role of higher education in addressing society’s most pressing problems. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by audience questions. We’re excited to launch this program, which we hope will foster discussion about how to make higher education’s future more equitable and accessible.

Each of the conversations will last for one hour starting at 4pm Eastern time on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from January 26 through October 26. Stanford and Trinity are co-sponsoring the series, in collaboration with the Stanford Humanities Center’s “Recovering the University as a Public Good” initiative, the Stanford Pathways Lab, and Stanford Digital Education.

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Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring By Marybeth Gasman Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691193076
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 14th, 2022