Diversity lags among faculty at universities. Here’s how Rutgers aims to change that

February 8, 2019 | NorthJersey.com

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.

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