year, the ASEE Engineering Deans' Council asked us to collect data on
the ethnicity, race, and gender of engineering faculty. The resulting
data reveals that women and minorities are still profoundly underrepresented
as faculty members in most engineering colleges. In 2001, women comprised
only 8.9 percent of tenure/tenure-track faculty in engineering schools;
Hispanics made up 2.9 percent; and African-Americans accounted for 2.1
percent. This month's Prism cover story, Who's Missing in the
Faculty Club? takes a hard look at the root of the problemthe
fact that relatively few females and minorities graduate from Ph.D.
programs. As ASEE President Eugene DeLoatch says, "You cannot increase
the faculty overnight if you don't have the available pool from which
to pull." Increasing graduate enrollment is the long-term solution,
but what can colleges can do now? Writer Margaret Mannix talked to a
dozen engineering deans across the United States and came up with candid
advice, as well as tips that range from growing and hiring your own
professors to "poaching" to looking to the private sector
as dot.com companies fail. There's no clear road map, but it is clear
that diversification ensures a better future for the engineering profession.
that is consistently producing minority engineers and scientists is
the University of Maryland at Baltimore Campus (UMBC). "Above the
Crowd" follows UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and looks at the
success of the school's program for gifted African-American undergraduates.
Freeman Hrabowski grew up in hard times in Birmingham, Ala. As a youngster,
he went to jail for demonstrating against segregation, and he lost a
school friend in the Birmingham bombing in 1963. Hrabowski resolved
to make a difference, and this article examines his efforts and the
success of UMBC's program with minority students in the fields of engineering,
math, and science at a time when minorities are vastly underrepresented
in those fields.
of this year, Eugene DeLoatch was inaugurated as ASEE president at the
annual conference banquet in Montreal. You can read his profile in "A
Man of Commitment," which also examines his goals and priorities
as ASEE president for the coming year. An important component of his
goals will be to attract an increasing number of minorities to engineering.
that you find these articles informative and thought provoking. As always,
I welcome your comments.
Executive Director and Publisher