According to recent research, faculty in the US do not accurately reflect the demographic diversity of the US population. Nearly without exception, academic stakeholders express a desire for faculty to reflect the diversity of America writ large. Yet U.S. professors do not well-represent the society in which they are embedded.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that in the fall of 2017, about three-quarters of postsecondary faculty members in the U.S. were white (76%), compared with 55% of undergraduates. In contrast, around a quarter of postsecondary faculty were nonwhite (24%), versus 45% of students.