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Richards Offers Commentary in Chronicle Piece on Faculty Hires

Jeffrey Richards, chair of the English department at Old Dominion University, is quoted in an article on changes to faculty hiring practices that appears in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education.

The article considers the growing trend at many universities to utilize phone interviews to screen candidates for faculty positions rather than hold job interviews at academic association meetings, such as the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association. Budgetary concerns were cited as the primary reason for the shift, but most faculty members quoted in the article cited positive results in their searches, despite the change.

Richards is quoted as saying that the telephone interview process puts less pressure on everyone and allows the candidates to "be at home and just be more relaxed and present themselves better than they would in a highly charged atmosphere," referring to the pressure of an environment like an MLA job fair.

His segment concludes with the observation that the English department was able to "fast track" a search last year, resulting in the hiring of an experienced candidate because the department chose not to wait until the MLA conference.

The full article is available here.

This article was posted on: May 5, 2010

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