Note: This blog has been edited, 3/25
A medical school professor at UNC-Chapel Hill believes the faculty there should be far more diverse.
Sue Estroff, the outspoken former chair of the UNC-CH faculty, told campus trustees Thursday that the faculty could be far more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity and gender, and could be more welcoming to people with disabilities.
"Our student body is much more inclusive than our faculty," she told trustees.
In a later interview, she said the university needs to be smarter and more aggressive about recruiting minorities to campus.
"It's not about being politically correct," Estroff said. "It's about a richness
enrichness to the campus."
Estroff, a social medicine professor, made particular note of a campus she believes is something of an obstacle course for prospective faculty members with physical disabilities.
"We are not a destination campus for people with disabilities," she said. "We're in compliance. But we need to reach out and be that place."
Estroff is co-chair of a new, long-term academic planning effort that includes components to improve the faculty.
Here's some context on faculty diversity. According to this chart, white men accounted for 42 percent of the entire UNC-CH faculty last fall. That's 2,120 white male faculty members. There were 1,884 white females, or 37 percent of the total.
To compare, there were 111 black male faculty members, which is about two percent, and 202 black women, which is about four percent of the total.
There were 1,263 tenured white faculty members, (male and female), compared with just 56 black male and female profs.