ABSTRACT. Although not discussed much in the literature related to faculty careers and development, increasing the amount of Asian American endowed chairs and distinguished professors is an important issue that needs to be addressed. The purpose of this article is to explore and account for the paucity of Asian Americans in prestigious academic faculty appointments, namely distinguished professorships and endowed chairs in the field of education. This article discusses the nature of distinguished professorships and endowed chairs and the racial compositions of current occupants of these positions. The successes of other underrepresented racial groups in achieving prestigious faculty positions are also explored. In the interest of racial parity in all levels of the professoriate, the following recommendations for policy and practice are shared, including exposing early career faculty to potential opportunities through intentional faculty development programs, along with mentoring, advocacy, and organizational cultural change.
Freeman Jr, S., & Forthun, G. (2019). The Paucity of Asian-American Distinguished Professors and Endowed Chairs: Toward a More Racially Integrated System of Advancement in the Professoriate. eJEP: eJournal of Education Policy.