This article offers suggestions that help committed and concerned faculty and administration successfully recruit faculty of color to their departments. Commitment is hard work. Race is an issue on every campus to some degree and becoming a growing problem on most. There is no magical solution, no multicultural inoculation, nor mass confessional purge of imbedded feelings, beliefs, and superstitions. Changing racial prejudice or predispositions among people is hard work. Climate is the accumulation of the attitudes and behaviors toward inclusion on campus. Everyone on campus is both a contributor and product of the climate. Other approaches to shape the climate include creation of centers for research and cultural expression to attract minority scholars and provide a support base for faculty and students. Consortium efforts with business, industry, and the public school systems help unite the campus with the community, bringing an extra dimension to the efforts to improve the climate.
Smith, R. M. (1994). Successful recruitment of minority faculty: Commitment, culture, choice. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 23(3), 152–156.