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Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative.

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Why we do it

Engineering faculty members help discover, promote, and disseminate advancements in technology. However, many potential faculty members are dissuaded from entering academia because of racial, gender, and other identity-based biases.

Reason one

The breakdown by race of engineering faculty is 56% Caucasian, 23% Asian American, 16% other, 3% Hispanic and 2% African American.

Reason two

Only 16% of schools have 5% or more Black faculty, many of which are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 48% of engineering schools have ZERO African American tenure or tenure track faculty.

Reason three

African Americans are more likely than any other race or ethnic group to leave the PhD STEM field once admitted.

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Our work is supported by the following National Science Foundation Grants:

Explorations into the Stagnant Numbers of African American Engineering Faculty (Grant No. EEC-1361025)

Beyond the Basics: Race and Gender Conscious Mentoring for Black Faculty Candidates in Engineering (Grant No. EEC-1444908)

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This work was supported by grant funding from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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