Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Resurfacing race: Recruitment and retention of faculty in California community colleges
by Sirihekaphong, Supinda, Ed.D., San Francisco State University, 2016, 142; 10183242
Abstract (Summary)

Despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects equal employment opportunity for all, and other California legislation to increase faculty diversity, the disparity between the demographics of California’s community college student population and the makeup of the faculty is striking. Specifically, underrepresented minority (URM) students who represent the largest student population at 49%, yet only 22% of faculty are URM. In 1992 the California legislature adopted regulations that allow community colleges to establish Faculty Diversity Internship Programs (FDIP), to “promote inclusive efforts to locate and attract qualified graduate students who are members of monitored groups identified by gender, ethnicity, and disability.” Despite being passed over 20 years ago, less than half of community colleges have implemented FDIPs. This study used a program evaluation to examine two FDIPs sites. The program evaluation revealed four benefits of participating in FDIP 1) mentorship, 2) teaching experience, 3) professional development, and 3) networking and collaboration opportunities. Barriers and challenges included 1) mentor matching, 2) mentor training, 3) class assignment, and 4) FDIP Coordinator transition. Finally, the program evaluation revealed that although the FDIP does not have a significant impact on increasing faculty diversity, it does have a significant impact on preparing faculty to serve in a diverse community college. The study provides evidence and recommendations for implementing FDIPs as a strategy to increase faculty diversity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gen, Sheldon
Commitee: Gabriner, Robert, Montevirgen, Alexis, White, Frances
School: San Francisco State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Higher education
Keywords: Community college, Diversity, Faculty, Faculty diversity, Internship
Publication Number: 10183242
ISBN: 978-1-369-31497-7
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