A new report from the American Institute of Physics finds that African Americans are making no progress in increasing their percentage of faculty in the field of physics. The report found that in 2004, Blacks made up just 2.0 percent of the physics faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities. By 2008, there was slight improvement to 2.2 percent but since then there has been a slight reduction back to 2.1 percent.
The report determined that there were 190 Blacks teaching in physics departments at colleges and universities nationwide. About half of African-American physics faculty members are employed by physics departments at historically Black colleges and universities, which account for only 4 percent of all physics departments. Half of all African-American physics faculty members work at just 23 departments at HBCUs.
The full report, African Americans & Hispanics Among Physics & Astronomy Faculty: Results from the 2012 Survey of Physics & Astronomy Degree-Granting Departments, was authored by Rachel Ivie, Garrett Anderson, and Susan White. It may be downloaded by clicking here.