Why hiring academics is too important to be left to other academics

“Like virtually all academics, I used to have a phobia of managerial interference in what are traditionally considered academic matters. But my recent experience with the academic pseudo-job-market has convinced me that when it comes to recruitment, we should hand decision-making over to business-minded managers.

I have spent the past academic year applying for lecturer and reader positions in UK philosophy departments. Six years ago, when I applied for seven jobs worldwide, I quickly landed one at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Since then, the length of my CV has roughly tripled and now features 15 articles – most of them in high-ranking journals in the field – and two forthcoming books with prestigious academic publishers.

I also received an honourable mention in 2012 for one of my articles in the American Philosophical Association’s article prize competition for early career academics. To my knowledge, I am the first non-US-based philosopher to have received this accolade.”

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One reply on “Why hiring academics is too important to be left to other academics”

Nu cred ca e o ironie. Nimic din ce preceda concluzia nu trimite spre asa ceva. Mai mult, daca citim si alte texte pe care autorul, I. A., le-a scris pe acest subiect, vom vedea ca argumentarea trimite in aceasta directie: presupozitia ca exista o instanta “neutra” ce poate reglementa invatamintul si cercetarea conform unor criterii “obiective”. Acum vreo trei ani acesta instanta era comunitatea stiintifica – care, spre cinstea ei, s-a debarasat fara probleme de filosofi inutili precum G. M. T. -, acum se pare ca aceasta nu-si mai face treaba; asa ca, avem nevoie de manageri, la fel cum avem nevoie de departamente de “human resources”. Ipocrizie cit casa.

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