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Overview

Public community colleges in the United States enroll approximately 6 million students, about 45 percent of all undergraduates. These students are taught by nearly four hundred thousand full- and part-time faculty members, about whom little is known. The community college professoriat is truly overlooked in the research on postsecondary faculty. When community college faculty are studied, they are often examined through lenses more appropriate for four-year faculty.

This volume provides a broad overview of community college faculty: who they are, what they do, and what factors affect their career and work. The authors also analyze community college teaching as a profession in an effort to take a fresh look at community college faculty and their work. The goal is to make all readers come to view community college faculty members as colleague making a distinct contribution to their students and to faculty work. Such an understanding is critical in the current policy environment that values postsecondary education for everyone and sees the community college as a major venue for providing that education.

This is the 6th issue of the 32nd volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Table of Contents


Executive Summary     vii
Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Diversity in Higher Education: Perceptions, Opinions, and Views     1
Purpose and Organization of the Monograph     2
The Diversity Rationale in Higher Education     4
Public Perceptions of Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education     8
Faculty, Student, and Administrator Perceptions of Diversity     13
Summary     18
Diversity, Leadership, and Organizational Culture in Higher Education     23
Changing Organizational Culture     26
Leadership in Higher Education     30
Diversity and Organizational Culture     34
The Substance of Diversity Leadership in Higher Education     37
Summary     42
Diversity and Organizational Leadership in Higher Education     47
Leadership Models and Frameworks in Higher Education     48
Leadership as Contested Terrain in Higher Education     54
The Nexus for Diversity Leadership Strategies     60
Summary     67
Practicing Diversity Leadership in Higher Education     71
Higher Education's Response to Diversity Initiatives     72
Management, Leadership, and Diversity     75
Diversity Readiness and Awareness     78
Developing Capacity for Diversity Leadership     81
Cultural Proficiency and Practicing Diversity Leadership     86
Summary     88
References     91
Name Index     109
Subject Index     115
About the Authors     118
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