More than 84 percent of full-time professors in America’s colleges and universities are white, and 70 percent are men. At Johns Hopkins, the statistics are even more skewed, with more than 86 percent of full-time professors identifying as white, and 77 percent male. A new university initiative aims to address some of these imbalances.
Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels explicitly linked the initiative to the recent protests against racism on university campuses across the country: “[I]t is important to acknowledge that this moment is not about a handful of incidents at a few institutions,” he noted, but rather part of “national narrative—one that plays out in the daily lives of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country, including ours.”
The Faculty Diversity Initiative calls on the university’s divisions to establish clear protocols for increasing diversity in its applicant pools; provide extra funding to support the targeted recruiting of “exceptional and diverse scholars”; use funds to invite more visiting faculty to campus; increase postdoc support for women and underrepresented minorities; and establish a new $50,000 award for university scholars “pursuing exceptional research that advances our knowledge and scholarship of any issue related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.”