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Deardorff: Building Portfolios to Minimize Bias

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Dr. Deardorff discusses methods for crafting tenure and promotion portfolios that minimize evaluation bias.

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Deardorff: Building Portfolios to Minimize Bias

  1. 1. Building Portfolios to Minimize Bias Tenure and Promotion Workshop April 12, 2012 Michelle D. Deardorff Department of Political Science
  2. 2. DEFINING BIAS • FORMAL DISCRIMINATION • Prevented by federal/state laws and institutional policies • IMPLICIT BIAS • Assumptions people bring to their own decision-making • Implications for Promotion/Tenure Process
  3. 3. IMPLICIT BIAS • IMPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTION/TENURE PROCESS • People bring their own unexamined/unconscious assumptions about others to their decision-making processes • e.g., women are more nurturing; they enjoy departmental and university service and naturally do more of it • Committee members unconsciously use these assumptions to interpret your application • How can applicants respond to this?
  4. 4. ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM • FRAMING YOUR OWN STORY • Define the pathway of your own career • Interpret your own choices • Document your argument • Gaps and vagueness leave room for interpretation
  5. 5. STRUCTURING YOUR NARRATIVE • THE CHOICES YOU MAKE DEFINE YOUR CAREER • USE THE NARRATIVE TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU MAKE THOSE CHOICES • SELECT WHAT YOU HIGHLIGHT BASED ON THAT NARRATIVE--MAKE CHOICES IN DOCUMENTATION • PRIORITIZE WHAT YOU HIGHLIGHT
  6. 6. FINAL FORMAT • PROOFREAD CAREFULLY • WATCH YOUR WRITING/GET FEEDBACK • SYSTEMIC DOCUMENTATION • CULL YOUR DOCUMENTATION
  7. 7. CONCLUDING THOUGHTS • THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES • LET YOUR COLLEAGUES HELP • READ FILES OF RECENT SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS • USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK ABOUT YOUR CAREER AND THE CHOICES YOU HAVE MADE

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