Presenter Type

Student

Brief Bio Sketch

Ryan is the Dean of Student Development at Portland Community College (PCC), Rock Creek and a current Doctoral student in Pacific University’s Education & Leadership program.

Ryan has spent his entire professional career in Student Affairs, most recently at Portland Community College, but also some seasons at Pacific University, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University. Both his undergraduate and master degrees are in the fields of Psychology and Counseling. Ryan is interested in many areas, but finds it most fascinating to look at systems, organizational structures, and individual and group development, all with a lens of equity and inclusion.

Abstract

This work begins by examining the evolution of increased racial diversity in our student populations in comparison to the disproportionate rate of racial diversity of faculty and staff across institutions of higher education within the United States. This specific research focuses on recruitment and retention through identifying key issues and concerns from faculty and staff of color and their experiences working within community colleges in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington). The research questions, “How does administrative leadership at community colleges within the Pacific Northwest recruit and retain faculty and staff of color?” and “What factors contribute to increased recruitment and retention as well as the loss of faculty and staff of color?” are addressed through three interconnected studies: (1) a phenomenological qualitative study based on interview data; (2) a combined descriptive and correlative quantitative study examining archival data from climate surveys and institutional effectiveness data; and (3) a Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PNI) into 1-2 participants’ personal stories. The results will likely show themes and patterns of faculty and staff of color’s experiences that negatively impact recruitment and retention. Leadership within higher education will benefit from this research to improve racial diversity within their institutions, which in return benefits the success of students of color (Letcher, 2013; Levin, Haberler, & Jackson-Boothby, 2014; Nixon, 2009).

Location

HPC2 Building, Atrium

Start Date

26-1-2019 9:30 AM

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Jan 26th, 9:30 AM

Recruitment and Retention Through the Lens of Faculty and Staff of Color at Community Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

HPC2 Building, Atrium

This work begins by examining the evolution of increased racial diversity in our student populations in comparison to the disproportionate rate of racial diversity of faculty and staff across institutions of higher education within the United States. This specific research focuses on recruitment and retention through identifying key issues and concerns from faculty and staff of color and their experiences working within community colleges in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington). The research questions, “How does administrative leadership at community colleges within the Pacific Northwest recruit and retain faculty and staff of color?” and “What factors contribute to increased recruitment and retention as well as the loss of faculty and staff of color?” are addressed through three interconnected studies: (1) a phenomenological qualitative study based on interview data; (2) a combined descriptive and correlative quantitative study examining archival data from climate surveys and institutional effectiveness data; and (3) a Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PNI) into 1-2 participants’ personal stories. The results will likely show themes and patterns of faculty and staff of color’s experiences that negatively impact recruitment and retention. Leadership within higher education will benefit from this research to improve racial diversity within their institutions, which in return benefits the success of students of color (Letcher, 2013; Levin, Haberler, & Jackson-Boothby, 2014; Nixon, 2009).