More than half of female Asian/Pacific Islander candidates took jobs at Ph.D.-granting institutions (55 percent), while 38 percent of Latinas were placed at these institutions. White women were employed equally by Ph.D.- and BA-granting institutions (42 percent and 43 percent, respectively).
In political science, we have seen some advancement of women in color with gradually increasing diversity among job candidates and the professoriate. Still, these political scientists are significantly underrepresented in the discipline, highlighting research findings that, “there are some persistent challenges that…faculty of color face in trying to succeed within the academy,” particularly in so far as recruitment, retention and climate are concerned (APSA Task Force 2011, 47). Many of these challenges are especially apparent for women of color (APSA Task Force 2011, 48), who also experience the obstacles faced by women more generally in the academy.
APSA addresses the challenges confronting women of color in a variety of ways. Among them are the following programs, committees, and task forces.
APSA Programs (selected):
• Minority Fellows Program (MFP): Established in 1969 as the Black Graduate Fellowship, this program is designed to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline by providing graduate student support to facilitate the completion of doctoral studies. Since its inception, over 500 students have gone through the program, and more than 100 have completed doctoral programs in political science. Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI): Established in 1986, the goal of this program is to encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate studies in political science. A competitive application process yields 20 students each summer who participate in this rigorous program. The program is hosted and supported by Duke University and Dr. Paula McClain, a National Science Foundation award, and APSA funds.
• Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) (formerly Minority Identification Program): Established in 1989, this program assists undergraduate and graduate political science departments identify college students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in or show potential for graduate study. Through graduate program recruitment efforts, the goal is to provide these students with information about political science graduate programs.
• Mentoring Initiative: This program derived from the Task Force on Mentoring (2002-2005) and seeks to connect members of the discipline through an application process that identifies areas of similar substantive and professional interests and concerns.
• Surveys and Research: This program is the primary source of data – including demographic data – on the political science profession. For decades, it has been responsible for administering regular membership and professional surveys that collect data necessary for the association. This program provides much of the data that informs the reports cited in this testimony, and provides the basis of numerous reports produced by the association.
APSA Standing Committees:
• Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, established 1969;
• Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, established 1969;