A new in-depth case study in Science finds that faculty hiring rubrics—also called criterion checklists or evaluation tools—helped mitigate gender bias in these decisions. At the same time, researchers found evidence that substantial gender bias persisted in some rubric scoring categories and evaluators’ written comments.
While rubrics proved imperfect, the paper doesn’t recommend abandoning them. Rather, it urges academic units to employ rubrics as a “department self-study...
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