Diversity lags among faculty at universities. Here’s how Rutgers aims to change that
Melissa Cooper, an assistant professor at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, became a public-school teacher after graduating with her bachelor’s in education from Temple University — just like her mother and other role models in her life.
For 14 years, she enjoyed teaching high school social studies. But her passion for history fueled a desire to explore the subject further: She wanted to return to college to obtain a master’s and a doctorate in history.