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Dean Johnson Publishes Essay in Chronicle of Higher Education on King Hall's Faculty Diversity

News Posted on August 4, 2016

Dean Kevin R. Johnson published an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education on how UC Davis School of Law built a "majority-minority" faculty.  Published in the magazine's July 25 issue, the article describes the ways in which King Hall succeeded, through a decades-long effort, in achieving a faculty that is 56 percent minority today.

 "Unfortunately, that is still far from the norm at American law schools," Dean Johnson writes. "It appears that we are the only law school among the top 30 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings to have a majority-minority faculty. Indeed, except for law schools affiliated with historically black institutions, or those in Puerto Rico, we are not aware of any other American law school with a majority-minority faculty."

Dean Johnson cites several factors that supported King Hall's success, including the leadership of former Dean Rex Perschbacher, the use of diverse appointment committees, the recruitment of diverse applicant pools, sensitivity to the special concerns of minority applicants, and a fair and transparent tenure process that aids in the retention of minority faculty.

"The population of the United States will only grow more diverse," writes Dean Johnson. "A positive, peaceful future for all of us requires that we, as educators, embrace that diversity and make it a powerful weapon for good."

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.