Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:08

Hiring Faculty by DORA Rules Puts Principles Into Practice Says Sandy Schmid

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schmid resizeSandra Schmid, chair of the
Department of Cell Biology at the
University of Texas Southwest
Medical Center and
former ASCB President.
Writing in Science Careers, Sandra Schmid, former ASCB President, declares that the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) principles should be used in the hiring process. Over 9,000 individuals have now signed DORA, but Schmid points out that, "Our signatures are meaningless unless we change our hiring process."

Schmid introduces her hiring strategies as the new chair of the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. For example, Schmid will no longer use the CV in the regular faculty hiring process. "A CV provides little insight into attributes that will ensure future success in the right environment," says Schmid. Instead, applicants will write short statements about their achievements and goals, and every candidate who is a potential match to the department will be invited for a video interview. Schmid hopes this process will "identify future colleagues who might otherwise have failed to pass through the singular artificial CV filter of high-impact journals, awards, and pedigree."