Hiring the Next Generation of Professors: Will Myths Remain Excuses?

Ten years ago, one of us, Daryl Smith, described in The Chronicle the myths that were impeding colleges' efforts to diversify their faculties — especially to recruit African-American, Latino, and American Indian faculty members. As she explained in that article, hard data from a national study simply did not support common assumptions about bidding wars, the appeal of often higher-paying jobs in industry, and the dearth of academic opportunities for all faculty members. Consciously