A Continuing Call for Equity: Re-examining Contributions of Faculty of Color to Higher Education

with Anthony Antonio

Given the few studies that seek to document the value of faculty of color to the academy, this study examines the contribution of faculty of color to expanding conceptions of scholarship according to Ernest Boyer’s 1990 framework. Using recent, nationally-representative data and hierarchical linear modeling, the authors find that across various sectors of four-year colleges and universities, faculty of color are associated with Boyerian ideals of scholarship, particularly the scholarship of teaching, application, discovery-creativity, and integration. Beyond socialization within institutions and disciplines, faculty of color bring a social change orientation to higher education that translates into the support of nearly all of the broadened conceptions of scholarship examined in the study.