Scholar Wants More American Indian Faculty in Business Colleges - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Scholar Wants More American Indian Faculty in Business Colleges

by Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY

Beau Barnes, recipient of a doctoral scholarship designed to increase faculty and student diversity in business colleges, says he wants to boost the number of American Indians teaching in Oklahoma business colleges.

“I do feel responsible for making sure that Native Americans have the same opportunities and are encouraged to go into academic fields,” said Barnes, 28, who received a KPMG Foundation scholarship valued at $10,000 a year for up to five years. The scholarship is designed to help minorities gain doctoral degrees in accounting, as well as to increase faculty diversity. Barnes earned his master’s degree in accounting at the University of Oklahoma and will seek his doctorate at Texas Tech University.

Minority professors are role models who inspire others to enter accounting and business professions, said Manny Fernandez, national managing partner of university relations and recruiting at KPMG.  The KPMG scholarship program takes credit for helping to triple the number of minority business professors in the United States since 1994. The KPMG Foundation says there are 909 minority business school professors in the U.S., about 4 percent of the total.

At Oklahoma State University, where Barnes earned his bachelor’s degree, 13 of 151 business college faculty last year were American Indian, African American or Asian American. Another 18 were international hires and 120 were Caucasian. None was Hispanic. 

Cornell Thomas, OSU’s vice president of diversity, said business professors of all races are difficult to hire because they can earn more in private industry. But a diverse faculty is important to helping students broaden their perspectives, he said.

 “It better prepares them to work with any kind of person anywhere in the world,” Thomas added.

Cornell said OSU recently was awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help 12 minority students pursue doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

According to university officials, more than 400 minority students are enrolled in business doctoral programs with another 45 to 50 scheduled to start this fall.

Click here to post and read comments



© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com

RELATED ARTICLES >>
White People Need Diversity, Too At my university and many others, “diversity” is like Frank's RedHot sauce, “they put that sh*t on everything!” It is drenched on mission and value statements. It is mixed into committees and task forces established to examine the ills facing Blac...
Study: College Financial Aid Award Letters Lack Clarity, Transparency Financial award letters from colleges often are so unclear or misleading that students and their families don’t get an accurate picture of the full cost of schooling and just how much money they will have to ante up on their own. That’s the conclu...
University of Memphis to Waive Tuition for Fallen Soldiers’ Families Starting this fall, students whose parents or spouses were killed or disabled in military service can attend the University of Memphis without paying tuition, university officials announced Wednesday. Dr. M. David Rudd “The University of Memph...
The Case for Diversity I'm a privileged, old White guy who won the ovary lottery. Consequently, I was able to grow up in the right ZIP code and take advantage of the opportunities afforded to me by sheer dumb luck. As a result, I wound up being an academic surgeon and w...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *