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ERIC Number: ED280321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment & Retention of Minority Faculty and Staff.
Wilson, Reginald
AAHE Bulletin, p11-14 Feb 1987
Affirmative action issues in selecting and retaining minority faculty and college staff are discussed. Historical and political developments affecting job openings for minorities are briefly reviewed, along with demographic trends concerning the number of minorities of college-going age and their rate of college attendance. Myths about affirmative action are addressed, including the myth that minorities with terminal degrees are not available; that minority women are "prime hires" because they represent two "protected groups"; and that minority science and engineering Ph.D.s are rare and can command top salaries. Issues and suggestions concerning recruiting minority college staff are considered, including: the college president should clearly articulate commitment to affirmative action; the affirmative action officer should report to the president; budget allocations to college divisions should be partially formulated on the basis of the attainment of affirmative action goals; affirmative action officers should meet with each search committee before the screening process begins; and institutions could aggressively recruit minority doctoral students in disciplines where they are grossly underrepresented and then hire them as junior faculty upon completion of their studies. Perspectives on minority staff retention are also addressed. (SW)
American Association of Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A