International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Recruiting and Retention Practices for African American and Hispanic/Latino Faculty in Higher Education
Remelle L. Edwards, Madeline Justice, Derek Lester, Joyce Miller

Some higher education institutions have implemented plans and programs to support diversifying their faculty and staffs to serve a diverse student body and some have not. The purpose of the study was to examine best practices for recruiting and retaining African American and Hispanic/Latino faculty in higher education. The researchers aimed to identify recruiting and retention practices that African American and Hispanic/Latino faculty perceived to be most effective. Grounded theory was used to form a framework for best practices. The method of procedure included interviews, observations, and the collection of documents. The data yielded four overarching themes, a subtheme, and recruitment strategies. The data led to the development of the Statement of Institutional Diversity and Commitment, Environment, Diversity of Faculty and Organizational Culture framework (S.E.D.O.), which institutions of higher education can use to recruit and retain African American and Hispanic/Latino faculty effectively. Overall, the findings are relevant for all higher education institutions that need diverse faculty members to serve diverse student bodies in preparation for a global workforce.

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