Comments on the data

The following comments are based upon faculty personnel data obtained from the office of the University of Michigan Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), as provided by the University's Office of the Provost:

University spokeswoman Lisa Baker claims that 43 Black faculty members received tenure between 1991 and 1996.

According to the SACUA data, during the 1997-98 academic year there were a total of 1932 faculty members with tenure on the three campuses of the University of Michigan. Of those, 69 were Black faculty members, and 33 of the tenured Black faculty members received tenure between January 1, 1991, and December 31, 1996. One explanation of the difference between the number cited by Ms. Baker and the SACUA number might be that 10 of the Black faculty members who received tenure between 1991 and 1996 left the University by the beginning of the 1997-98 academic year.

Frank Ukadike is quoted as saying the no Black faculty member hired as an Assistant Professor since 1990 has been granted tenure.

According to the SACUA data, of the 22 tenured Black faculty members who were hired since 1990, four were hired as Assistant Professors and were given tenure after they joined the University's faculty - two on the Ann Arbor campus and two on the Flint campus. Eighteen others were hired as tenured faculty members (Associate or Full Professor).

Some other observations.

In the 1990-91 academic year, when Frank Ukadike came to the University of Michigan, there were 46 Black Assistant Professors on the three campuses of the University. By the 1997-98 academic year, 14 of those had been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, 8 remained Assistant Professors, one had been made an Adjunct Assistant Professor, and the remaining 23 were no longer faculty members at the University of Michigan.

Since the 1982-83 academic year, the first year for which SACUA data exist, the proportion of tenured faculty members, who are Black, rose by 0.83% from 2.74% to 3.57% of the total group of tenured faculty members. Over the same 15-year period, the proportion of tenured faculty members, who are Asian, rose by 3.04% from 4.15% to 7.19% of the total group of tenured faculty members.


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