ES Professor Martínez has co-edited, with Stephanie Fryberg, a groundbreaking new volume of essays on diversity in American higher education.
The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education (Palgrave, October 2014)
From the back cover:
Many universities in the twenty-first century claim “diversity” as a core value, but fall short in transforming institutional practices. The disparity between what universities claim as a value and what they accomplish in reality creates a labyrinth of barriers, challenges, and extra burdens that junior faculty of color must negotiate, often at great personal and professional risk. This volume addresses these obstacles, first by foregrounding essays written by junior faculty of color and second by pairing each essay with commentary by senior university administrators. These two university constituencies play crucial roles in diversifying the academy, but rarely have an opportunity to candidly engage in dialogue. This volume harnesses the untapped collective knowledge in these constituencies, revealing how diversity claims, when poorly conceived and under-actualized, impact the university as an intellectual work environment and as a social filter for innovative ideas.
“All university administrators, professors, and educators should read this book! A vital part of creating a “truly diversity faculty” is engaging in difficult dialogues with individuals who—because of race, gender or socioeconomic status—may experience the university differently than those in the mainstream. The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education provides engaging and novel perspectives for doing this significant work.” — Hazel Rose Markus, Stanford University
“This unique collaboration-—across both ends of the university hierarchy-—provides critical insights for all those seeking to diversify their college faculty. Finally, here is a frank and open discussion about the challenges. Every administrator and member of a search or tenure committee should read this book.” — Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate School
“This is a superb book, one that will have a major impact on professors and university administrators. The idea behind it — to organize a dialogue between senior administrators and faculty (of color) and junior scholars of color — is a powerful one. What is especially effective is the way the book combines a review of the relevant scholarship with an analysis of subjective experience. It is this combination that makes the practical proposals of the book compelling. And it is the dialogic structure of the book that makes it fun to read, hearing voices that are rarely heard together building on one another’s cadences and meanings. I am frankly quite moved by the experience of reading this book cover to cover and am thinking about how much we can all learn from it.” — Satya Mohanty, Cornell University