Collegiality as Selection Criterion in the Search Process

Personnel procedural manuals identify the qualities that characterize the environment in which good decisions about new hires and those who advance to tenure rank are generally achieved—things such as collaborative work, positive attitudes, flexibility, positive interpersonal relationships within the university community, and the demonstration of appropriate levels of responsibility with respect to one's work in the university. These documents make clear the culture of the university community when it comes to the business of personnel decisions concerning faculty members related to merit pay increases, promotion, reappointment, and tenure. In judging any individual for reappointment, merit pay increase, tenure, and/or promotion, these important factors weigh heavily on the future success of the individual and also have the potential to greatly impact the work of the department.

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