Virtual campus visits can increase accessibility, limit discrimination: Opinion


In a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Kaitlyn Sorenson argues in favour of virtual campus visits over the more traditional in-person campus interview. Sorensen argues that an online format for faculty job finalists comes with critical benefits related to accessibility and equity, such as limiting the opportunity for inappropriate or discriminatory comments. The author writes that virtual interviews are also kinder to those who will not be offered the job and are cheaper for both institutions and applicants. “Short of being able to magically conjure more tenure lines, we owe it to academic job seekers to make the process of applying for faculty jobs more equitable, more accessible, cheaper, and less exhausting — emotionally and otherwise,” concludes Sorenson.

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