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An Analysis of Black Faculty in CS Research Departments

By Juan E. Gilbert, Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome, Simone Smarr

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 66 No. 2, Pages 45-47

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Most ACM members reside outside the U.S., and while diversity issues vary around the world, we thought it would be enlightening to do a case study on one marginalized group in the U.S. in the hopes that the lessons learned could be helpful to other groups and in other regions. This case study is on the education origins of Black faculty members in computer science (CS) at U.S. universities. (Note: We use the term "Black" to represent "Black/African-American.")

Black tenure-track faculty members are severely underrepresented in computing research departments. According to the most recent Computing Research Association (CRA) Taulbee Survey, there are a mere 83 (1.7%) Black CS-tenured and tenure-track faculty members at U.S. Ph.D.-granting institutions includes 18 (0.9%), 25 (2.3%), and 40 (3.1%) Full, Associate, and Assistant Professors, respectively.5 Using U.S. Department of Education data,5 the breakdown by academic rank as compared to that for Black professors across all degree-granting institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is shown in Table 1.


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