CU Business School Deans Introduce CU Diverse Doctorates in Business
Cross-campus collaborative open to underrepresented undergraduates
“Right now, the pipeline of diverse faculty members in business is very small,” explained Sharon Matusik, dean of the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder. “We see encouraging more diverse individuals to pursue a business PhD as critical in having a more diverse business faculty in the future.”
They further agree that to have truly inclusive business school programs for an increasingly diverse student body, students of color should be able to see themselves in the faculty. Nationally, however, only 4% of U.S. business school professors are Black Americans, Latinx Americans or Native Americans, and most tenured faculty are Caucasian males.
“They may therefore be unlikely to consider an academic career on their own,” Matusik said, herself a first-generation college student. “But business PhDs offer things that might be particularly appealing to those students – engagement with the business community and consequent opportunities to have impact in business and society, a relatively robust academic job market and high compensation relative to other academic fields.”
Prospective students for the program will be nominated by faculty and can learn more via a Zoom meeting on Friday, Nov. 13.
“Our goal is to help DDB scholars plug into CU research and build individual road maps that will prepare them for a successful application process for doctoral education,” Matusik said.