Hiring Departments Ask Candidates To Anonymize Materials

At least a couple of philosophy departments that are hiring this year have instituted measures to shield the identity of applicants from those reviewing some of their application materials.

Yale University’s advertisement for an open rank, open area position says:

Applicants should submit the following items through Interfolio: Cover Letter, Current Curriculum Vitae, Writing Sample (writing sample should be prepared for blind review), Evidence regarding teaching qualifications, Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers).

UCLA’s advertisement for a similarly open position goes even further:

Please submit the following: 1) a letter of application; 2) a CV, a dissertation abstract, and a statement of research interests; 3) a sample of writing in the candidate’s field of specialization; 4) three or more confidential letters of reference; 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness. To facilitate blind review of writing samples et alia, applicants are asked to also submit their dissertation abstracts, research statements, and writing samples without references that would reveal their identities, professional titles, or PhD granting institution.

This seems like a good idea. If you know of other departments doing this, please mention them in the comments. If your department isn’t doing this, why not?

(Thanks to Tom Anderson for bringing these ads to my attention.)

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