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New Study Demonstrates Shocking Truth About Faculty Hiring

15 Apr 2015, 21:43 UTC
New Study Demonstrates Shocking Truth About Faculty Hiring
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Screen grab from CNN for the OpEd by the authors of the PNAS study. (*) In a paper just published in PNAS, Cornell professors W. M. Williams and S. J. Ceci have demonstrated conclusively that the process that all university departments use to hire new faculty is completely unrelated to the actual process they modeled in their study of fictitious faculty searches.When the Harvard University Department of Astronomy undertook a recent faculty search, the Harvard faculty asked applicants to submit a CV, a list of publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and to arrange for confidential letters of recommendation. The department reviewed these materials, selecting a half-dozen applicants for interviews. Each individual visited for two days, during which time they delivered a colloquium, and met with faculty and students, including several dinner meetings. The faculty then convened for several hours to decide on whom should receive the offer.The complex interplay of these various elements in a job search was noted by some of the Harvard faculty: "Indeed, I can't imagine anyone actually hiring a new professor without reading their CV and even some of their papers, attending their colloquia, and undertaking a critical examination of their ideas and plans," said ...

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