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Ford Foundation Ends Fellowship Program

The Ford Fellowship program for diverse scholars is ending after nearly six decades. Experts worry it will leave a big hole in the funding landscape for underrepresented would-be professors.

Diversifying Faculty Requires Departmental Change

Focusing on the immediate contexts underrepresented minority scholars must navigate is the best way to make academe a welcoming place, write Amalia Pallares, Angela L. Walden, Bernard D. Santarsiero and Aisha El-Amin.

Postdoc Not Required

Northeastern University’s College of Science says it’s now open to hiring Ph.D.s right out of graduate school as part of a new science faculty hiring program aimed at broadening the candidate pool.

Why DEI Initiatives Are Likely to Fail

The math does not add up. DEI faculty hiring initiatives are but cheap talk without corresponding efforts to build the pipeline, Mariappan Jawaharlal writes.

Contingency v. Orthodoxy

Academic freedom is threatened both by the growing use of contingent faculty contracts and the inclusion of diversity, equity and inclusion standards for tenure, Steven McGuire writes.

‘Beyond Rhetoric’ on Diversity

UMass-Boston aspires to be an antiracist institution. Some faculty members disagree with this, saying it’s limiting for a university. Others raise major concerns about the institution’s ongoing treatment of its Africana studies faculty.

Foreign-Born Faculty May Bring Different Expectations

Immigrant engineering faculty may face challenges in navigating American classroom cultures and the societal context for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Mariappan Jawaharlal writes.