A Half-Dozen Push-Backs for Faculty Hiring Committee Meetings

Roger Clegg – You’re in a faculty hiring committee meeting, and the talk turns to considerations of racial diversity. What do you do?

You’re in a faculty hiring committee meeting, and the talk turns to “diversity.”  And, inevitably, that means someone is suggesting that the race, ethnicity, or sex of applicants or potential applicants be considered in the hiring process.  

What do you do?  

Well, if you think that such discrimination – because, of course, that’s what it is – is a bad idea, then in my humble opinion you should push back.  Whether the push-back should be simply an eye-roll or an argument followed by a dramatic threat to resign, I leave to you and your circumstances.  I’ll say only that, if you speak up, you may well find that you are not alone – surveys have shown that most faculty members don’t like this nonsense – and that, in any event, the law is on your side. 

http://www.nas.org/polArticles.cfm?Doc_Id=1872

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March 18th, 2011

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