Faculty hiring: our paper has just been published

An important report has just been published: watchdog.edu.pl #5 on faculty hiring policies (vs. realities) in Poland. Numerous dedicated young researchers have contributed to a volume that might stir up the debate regarding non-transparent, non-open, non-merit-based faculty hiring that haunts too many Polish higher education, to the detriment of their scientific productivity, student learning and international reputation.

I was delighted to be invited to prepare an important part on good practices from other countries. Three brilliant young researchers – Madelaine Leitsberger, Aleksandra Swatek and David Kretz – agreed to join me in this uneasy pursuit. Together we prepared quite long analysis touching upon Norway, Austria the UK, the US. It is my sincere hope that this would be not only interesting, but also inspiring and useful read for some Polish researchers and practitioners.

This was an important paper both because it touches on important issue – showing possible pathways out of an open and dirty secret of Polish academia – and even more importantly, because it is my first collaboration. Teamwork is different, difficult at times, but it is also much more efficient and it allows for better insights. Working with Madelaine, Aleksandra and David was a pleasure, and I look forward to do more of this in the future.

Sadly, there was no space to do that in print, but I would like to especially thank Philipp Friedrich from University of Oslo and Georgiana Mihut from Boston College, for their help and suggestions during the preparation of the paper.

Kontowski, D., Kretz, D., Leitsberger, M., Swatek Aleksandra M., Dobre praktyki w obsadzaniu stanowiska akademickich na zagranicznych uczelniach [Good practices in faculty hiring: international insights] [in:] R. Pawłowski & D. Rafalska, (eds.) Otwarte i uczciwe konkursy na stanowiska nauczycieli akademickich – reguła czy wyjątek? [“Watchdog.edu.pl” #5]. ISBN 978-83-931991-9-8. Fundusz Pomocy Studentom, Warszawa 2016, pp. 63-97.

The whole report can be accessed here.


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