Black Faculty Are Better Represented at Graduate Schools of Theology Than In Other Fields of Higher Education

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, headquartered in Pittsburgh, represents 254 member institutions. These graduate schools of theology include Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox institutions.

The association reports that in the 2007-08 academic year there were 3,725 faculty members at these institutions. Of these, 236, or 6.3 percent, were black. In comparison, blacks are 5 percent of the faculties at all institutions of higher education in the United States.

There are 83 black full professors at these 254 schools. They make up 5.2 percent of all full professors.

Women make up 23 percent of the total faculties at these schools. But black women make up 42.2 percent of all African-American faculty.