Research in Higher Education

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 317–345

The Contribution of Faculty of Color to Undergraduate Education


DOI: 10.1007/s11162-005-9391-3

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Umbach, P.D. Res High Educ (2006) 47: 317. doi:10.1007/s11162-005-9391-3


Using data from a national study of 13,499 faculty at 134 colleges and universities, this study explores the impact of faculty of color on undergraduate education. This study finds compelling evidence to suggest that faculty of color do provide an important contribution to undergraduate education in two ways. First, faculty of color employ a broader range of pedagogical techniques and interact more frequently with students than their White counterparts. Second, greater structural diversity among faculty leads to an increased use of effective educational practices.


college facultydiversityundergraduate education

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Policy and Leadership StudiesUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA