ERIC Number: ED255954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
To What Extent Should an "Upwardly Mobile" Candidate Be Considered over One Who Has Greater Promise for Remaining but Less Marketability?
Dick, Robert C.
Speech communication departments use a number of criteria when selecting a job candidate. In addition to good graduate training in the area advertised, the candidate should have a good record in research and publication or good prospects for such a record. Moving is inherent to healthy young academics and should be expected, but speech communication departments should be cognizant of why candidates move and make sure which moves are a more predictable part of their professional development. Some candidates move because they have outgrown their jobs; some accept a job at a less prestigious institution so that they might complete their Ph.D.'s before trying to move on; and some are ready to take on the more challenging work of graduate level instruction. Effective initial appointments and a coalescence of candidate training with position requirements will give more continuity with fewer job changes because of dissatisfaction. Yet, so long as institutions call for active research and publication as a significant tenure criterion, they will face the dilemma of selecting (1) active candidates who publish and who have upward mobility potential as well as a need to move in order to satisfy their ideal interests, or (2) less active candidates who publish and who will be allowed to stay only if they will do enough research and publish enough to satisfy tenure requirements. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 4-6, 1985).