Advocating for top candidates during the hiring process: Opinion


In a recent article for the , Kevin Dettmar (Pomona College) discusses how departmental chairs can advocate for a top candidate with their dean during the hiring process. Dettmar recommends meeting with the dean before the top candidate is offered the job to discuss the candidate’s suitability and show excitement about adding the candidate to the department. The author encourages chairs to trust the dean after this initial meeting, and to aim to become the candidate’s coach once the department has made a choice. This includes treating the candidate like a colleague, being available to answer any questions, and being an ally.

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