Design for equity in higher education
Liberatory design thinking—a way to address equity challenges and change efforts in complex systems—can help campus leaders rethink policy and practices for non-tenure-track faculty.
Serving as a resource for higher education leaders, this paper can help campuses make policies and practices more equitable for non-tenure-track faculty by using a liberatory design approach. This approach includes the following phases: organize, empathize, redefine, ideate, choose, prototype, buy-in and test. It also includes equity mindsets, notice and reflect throughout. Each phase is described and illustrated using two case studies.
The research findings are based on focus group interviews with campus design teams at several institutions and an analysis of artifacts. The authors also profiled two campuses that represent the trends of the data across a larger set of campuses.