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Friday, September 21, 2012

promoveatur ut amoveatur

is the Latin phrase for the act or intent of kicking upstairs -- or promoting for the purpose of getting rid. The occasional truth of the phrase may resonate with some of you serving (like me) on appointments this season, with regard to both entry and lateral markets. Occasionally, it seems, we must discount the sentiments of those at the home institution of a potential hire.

Posted by Orly Lobel on September 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM | Permalink


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How does it apply to entry level candidates though? Are you thinking of the motives of recommenders from those schools that have VAP/fellowship programs and no hard an fast rule against hiring their own VAPs, but don't seem to want to hire this candidate?

Posted by: little orphan annie | Sep 25, 2012 11:57:34 PM

you are right that it applies more freuqently with laterals, but what triggered my post was an entry level example.

Posted by: orly lobel | Sep 27, 2012 5:18:51 PM

Orly - for candidates who are doing VAPs at schools that do have a "no hiring VAPs" policy, does the same situation arise? Have we avoided the question/concern if we've indicated on our FAR forms that our schools do have the policy? I suppose it's too late now, but I'm still curious. Thanks.

Posted by: FARout | Sep 27, 2012 5:55:00 PM

FARout -- don't worry about a general concern - there is a general trust of recommendations from home institutions - it's just when the enthusiasm is concerted from within and does not match the reality and all other information diligently gathered by other means, including referrences not from the home institution as well as primary resources.

Posted by: orly lobel | Oct 2, 2012 2:04:38 PM

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