Latina/o Faculty Recruitment and Retention Task Force
Given the charge to develop a set of recommendations to increase the presence, retention and promotion of Latinas/os at IUPUI, the committee discussed multiple initiatives, reports and programs from other campuses as well as data provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support. This report begins with the data which paints a stark picture of the current situation at IUPUI where underrepresented faculty and administrators are concerned, especially Latinas/os.
Just over 2% of all faculty at IUPUI are Latina/o (compared to an expected 4% per Affirmative Action availability data). Less than 2% of senior leadership (executive leadership, deans, and associate deans) identify as Latina/o and almost 5% of IUPUI academic program chairs identify as Latina/o.
While the paucity of Latina/o faculty is disconcerting, their complete absence at both the Dean level and above is alarming. Affirmative Action data demonstrate the argument that “there simply are not any out there” is a myth long disproved. The committee notes the decline in the number of underrepresented minorities between 2011 and 2016 in both Executive Leadership and the Dean level from 29.4% to 15.8% and 9.5% to 4.8%, respectively. Clearly, careful attention must be given this dramatic shift which can only negatively impact the presence of Latina/o administrators.
At the same time, there is some hope with modest increases in the number of Latina/o Associate Deans and Chairs in the same time period with growth from 0% to 4.9% and 3% to 4.9%, respectively.
Latina/o Faculty Satisfaction and Climate Perceptions
The 2015 IUPUI Faculty Survey showed that the majority of Latina/o faculty (n=19) were satisfied with their job overall (68%) and opportunities for community engagement (78%). Less than half of Latina/o faculty were satisfied with mentoring opportunities (42%). Just over half of Latina/o faculty were satisfied with faculty development opportunities concerning teaching, research, and community engagement. The 2014 IUPUI Climate Survey suggests that the vast majority of Latina/o faculty feel free to be themselves (88%) and agree that IUPUI has a commitment to diversity (86%). Less than two-thirds (62%) of Latina/o faculty agreed that there were a lot of people like them on campus and one-third (33%) said IUPUI had a lot of tension around diversity – more than other faculty of color and white faculty. Furthermore, exit survey data (through the Office of Equal Opportunity) shows that some Latina/o faculty who leave do report experiencing bias related to their ethnicity. The numbers of Latina/o faculty respondents on survey data are low and difficult and thus, it is difficult to assess differences across groups.