Professor Jeffrey Robinson, who teaches entrepreneurship, earned a doctoral as a result of the PhD Project.

Rutgers Business School faculty among most diverse, according to PhD Project

The PhD Project, an award-winning program creating diversity in management, recently released results of its survey on the representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans on U.S. business school faculties.

Rutgers had the highest number of the three underrepresented minority groups on faculty of all majority-serving institutions, and North Carolina A&T State University had the overall greatest number of the three underrepresented minority groups on a business school faculty.

The survey, disclosing the latest numbers available, covers the 2016-17 academic year. North Carolina A&T had 22 African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American professors on faculty. Howard had 19, Florida A&M 15 and Rutgers Business School had 14. Morgan State was fifth with 13.

Rounding out the top ten, were: DePaul, Texas Southern, Florida International, University of Texas-Austin and North Carolina Central.

"The number of underrepresented minority faculty has more than quadrupled since 1994. That is positive news but there is still a long way to go," said Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD Project and KPMG Foundation - founder and lead sponsor of The PhD Project.

"We applaud North Carolina A&T for its leadership, and we are encouraged to see three majority-serving institutions on our Top Ten list: Rutgers, DePaul, and Texas-Austin,” Milano said.

"The number of underrepresented minority faculty has more than quadrupled since 1994. That is positive news but there is still a long way to go." -Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD Project

Although several institutions have recently announced plans to increase minority faculty hiring university-wide, Milano said "those efforts may increase faculty diversity at the individual colleges, but they do not enlarge the pie for all – they merely shift the location of existing professors from one campus to another.”

The PhD Project is a national program that has increased faculty diversity at hundreds of college and university business schools. It is the only systemic nationwide program aimed at diversifying university faculty. It attracts and enables African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans to choose college teaching as a career and to succeed in the rigorous process of obtaining a Ph.D., which qualifies them to be professors.

The program attacks the root cause of minority under-representation in corporate jobs: historically, very few minority college students study business as an entrée to a corporate career. Diversifying the faculty attracts more minorities to study business and better prepares all students to function in a diverse workforce. Since its inception, The PhD Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,358. An additional 300 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.

The PhD Project is a 501(c) (3) organization that the KPMG Foundation founded in 1994. It has received ongoing support from its sponsoring companies, participating universities and organizations, and supply alliance members. Its founding organizations in addition to the KPMG Foundation, are the Graduate Management Admission Council, Citi Foundation, AACSB International. Other leading corporations, foundations and associations funding it include:  298 Participating Universities, AICPA Foundation, DiversityInc, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, American Marketing Association, Rockwell Collins, John Deere Foundation CIGNA California State University SystemLincoln Financial Group, Academy of Management, American Accounting Association, City University of New York System, Aerotek/ TEKsystems (operating companies of Allegis Group), NASBA, OCWEN Financial Corporation, Thrivent Financial and American Express Foundation.

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