Since September 2006, Phillip J. Bowman has been the founding Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan. In addition, he is a professor at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; holds a faculty appointment at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; serves as faculty associate with the Center for the Study of Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research; and is a research affiliate with the National Poverty Center at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.
Bowman is a social psychologist with interests in cultural diversity issues in research methodology, higher education and public-policy challenges — including health disparities, urban poverty, family distress, joblessness and affirmative action.
Prior to his directorship at the NCID, Bowman was the Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) and professor of African-American Studies, Urban Planning, and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As the Director of IRRPP, he developed a strategic university-wide agenda to improve both the understanding and condition of African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and other groups of color, especially within urban ecologies.