ERIC Number: EJ788885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Referencing the Unreliable
Barden, Dennis M.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n23 pC1 Feb 2008
There are two kinds of references in administrative hires. The most customary is the "on list" references which a candidate asks one to provide. The second kind of reference is the "off list" variety, of which there are two types. Typical is the call one receives from an acquaintance at the hiring institution asking for the "dirt" on one's colleague because his candidacy has just become public there. However well intentioned, that approach generally degenerates into gossip mongering, and the quality of the information seldom elevates beyond hearsay. A better version of that approach, however, is when search committees, hiring officers, and consultants reach out to "trusted sources" who have not been suggested by the candidate. When done in an organized way--with the comments chronicled in writing and attributed--those sorts of references can be exceptionally valuable. In this article, the author offers an advice to the providers of the reference on how they should think about their responsibilities in the search process--to the candidate, to the hiring institution, and to oneself.
Descriptors: Search Committees (Personnel), Personnel Selection, Reference Groups, Disclosure, Evaluation Criteria, Reliability
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