2016 Keeping our Faculties of Color Conference
Join us at the 7th Keeping our Faculties of Color Conference (#KOF2016) occurring April 17 to 19 at the Univ of Minnesota. Our abstract below was selected as a concurrent presentation. This is our second time speaking at this conference since in 2013 we had previously presented on Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color.
Faculty Career Outcomes of Minority Postdoctoral Scholars
Postdoctoral trainees are the actual talent pool for faculty recruitment particularly in the STEM disciplines at research-intensive institutions. Consequently, faculty diversity depends upon the career outcomes of minority postdoctoral scholars. However, since its inception in the 1870’s, the postdoctoral career stage has had little formal administrative and educational oversight. Only in the last decade have academic institutions begun improving the training experience for postdocs in general yet intervention efforts directed toward the much smaller minority subpopulation have lagged. Thus, faculty diversity efforts have overlooked this invisible talent pool resulting in a lack of knowledge about 1) effective strategies to support minority postdocs, and 2) outcomes of minority postdoc’s career paths especially with regards to faculty positions. We will describe two very different but complementary faculty diversity interventions centered on minority postdocs: 1) the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity at the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and 2) the DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory CV recruiting database.
Co-presenter Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, PhD slide presentation will be posted in the future.
For now, here is her related NADOHE 2016 presentation:
The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity: Pipeline to Tenure-Track
originally published 26-Jan-2016,
last updated 28-Apr-2016