Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 263–275 | Cite as

Cultivating Institutional Transformation and Sustainable STEM Diversity in Higher Education through Integrative Faculty Development

  • Joseph A. Whittaker
  • Beronda L. Montgomery


An urgent need to broaden diversity and support the preparation of students and faculty members along proactive pathways to research and success can be facilitated by targeted faculty development and formalization of policies built on institutional commitment, engagement, and accountability. Involvement of the faculty in building institutional diversity will recognize equity-building initiatives as valid forms of faculty scholarship and as one way to address the growing public problem of educational disparities in the STEM fields. We propose systemic, institutional transformation centered on a foundation of faculty engagement, empowerment, and reward that reflects intentionality and accountability for developing diverse institutional communities.


Diversity Faculty development Higher education Institutional transformation STEM 



We thank René Montgomery, M.P.A., for valuable assistance in preparing the manuscript. Beronda L. Montgomery is supported by the National Science Foundation (grants MCB-0643516 and MCB-1241970). Joseph A. Whittaker is supported by NSF grant (HRD-1036314).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural SciencesMorgan State UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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