At the University of Texas at Arlington, Black Faculty Are Hard to Find

More than 13 percent of the 19,000-member student body at the University of Texas at Arlington is black. But there are only six tenured black faculty members at the institution and five other blacks holding tenure-track positions. Blacks make up less than 2 percent of all faculty. The history department is the only one in the university to have more than one black faculty member. Associate Professor Myrtle Bell is the only black faculty member at the university’s college of business. Professor Dereje Agonafer is the only black faculty member in the College of Engineering.

Furthermore, a decade ago there were at least 17 black faculty members on campus, nearly 55 percent more than is the case today. Last fall there were 45 new faculty members on campus. Only one was black.