Report publiushed documenting institutional racism in hiring practices at Penn State

January 20, 2020

“More Rivers to Cross: The Status of African American Professors at Penn State University (UP) Part 1” was published in 2020. The report, which covers a 15-year period, documents institutional racism in the hiring and retention of African American and Black professors at Penn State’s University Park campus. The report explicitly details the comparative patterns of hiring and retaining black faculty at the university and each college from 2004-2018. It also includes a literature review of the racial biases entailed in the use of student teaching evaluation forms. A subsequent report (Part 2), was published on March 21, 2021 and presented the results of a survey of Black professors about their experiences with interpersonal and systemic racism and the academic climate at University Park and the 24 Commonwealth campuses.