A Drive to Diversify the Faculty Yields Results in Rochester

Innovative recruiting has helped the Rochester Institute of Technology hire more minority professors

A Drive to Diversify the Faculty Yields Results in Rochester 2

Sarah Weeden for The Chronicle

M. Renee Baker (left) and Douglas Merrill (center), of the Rochester Institute of Technology, kept in touch with Robert Osgood for years before he accepted a job there.

Seven and a half years ago, when Robert Osgood ambled toward a Rochester Institute of Technology booth at a conference for minority doctoral students, he was not yet ready to go on the job market. But M. Renee Baker, the booth's lone occupant, was ready for him.

Mr. Osgood was still two years away from getting his Ph.D. To Ms. Baker, though, it was the perfect time to sell him on an academic career at Rochester. She whipped out her cellphone and called the chairman of the