Inclusive hiring topic of April 17 workshop

April 12, 2017 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

An inclusive hiring workshop will take place Monday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2592.

Dr. Marybeth Gasman, professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “Exploring the Real Reasons Universities Don’t Hire Faculty of Color.”


She is an expert on the history of American higher education, minority serving institutions (with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities), racism and diversity, fundraising and philanthropy, and higher education leadership.

“Dr. Gasman’s expertise in diversity and inclusion is intended to initiate more discussion around the recruitment and hiring of underrepresented populations in our faculty,” said Kevin West, senior director and faculty labor relations/inclusion officer. “I encourage the campus community to attend to learn about relevant research on faculty diversity, hear about resources for hiring, and discuss common barriers.”

While on campus, Gasman also will meet with the provost and academic administrators.

Gasman, who holds secondary appointments in history and Africana studies, is the founding director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, which works to amplify the contributions and strengthen and support minority serving institutions and those scholars interested in them.  

She is the author or editor of 22 books, including “Educating a Diverse Nation” (Harvard University Press, 2015 with Clif Conrad), “Envisioning Black Colleges” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), “Rediscovering Booker T. Washington” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012 with Michael Bieze), and “Academics Going Public” (Routledge Press, 2016).

In addition, Gasman has written more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays and book chapters, and has penned some 350 opinion articles for national newspapers and magazines.

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