Why small towns just aren’t suitable for some faculty: Harris

August 2, 2019

“Colleges don’t always realize that their small-town communities are unsuited for the faculty members whom they hope to hire,” argues Rachel S. Harris, adding that schools must be accommodating toward those who wish not to live locally if they want to promote diversity in their ranks. The author notes that in an age of increasingly rare tenure track positions, newly hired faculty do not have the option to hold out for positions in places they would like to live. But issues ranging from racism to local dating options can make some small towns unsuited to faculty members from diverse backgrounds. The author concludes that in order to help address this issue, institutions must make greater efforts to support faculty members who choose to commute. Inside Higher Ed (International)