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ERIC Number: ED071654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 11
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Hiring Junior College Faculty: Operational Priorities. Social and Academic Pressures Add New Demands.
Ohberg, M. H. G.
To examine the factors that operate in the hiring of faculty by community colleges, an experiment was conducted at the peak of the 1971 job rush by three graduating job seekers who were interested in the developmental student and the community college concept. One job seeker was a BS candidate from a predominantly black college; one was a MA candidate from a well-known university; and one was a Ph.D. candidate from a well-known university. Only the Ph.D. had attended a two-year college; all had experience in working with disadvantaged black children and/or college students. No information as to sex, race, or age was offered, and no personal contacts were made. The candidate for the BS degree, who may have been taken as black, received the greatest amount of encouragement and was the only applicant offered the possibility of an interview. The MA applicant received more encouragement than did the Ph.D. As a result of this study, it is concluded that blacks are being sought by community college administrators, perhaps for administrative positions rather than teaching. Thus it appears that the decision to encourage or discourage applicants was made on the basis of expressed characteristic (educational background) and implied characteristic (race). Three tables provide analyses of replies received by the applicants. (DB)
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