Thursday, August 24, 2006
A law professor writes:
In the spirit of your post on factors that count most (in favor) of a candidate, it might be time to talk about what will hurt a candidate most. And I think one of those is being from a “lesser” school in the same geographic market. I’ve seen a number of instances where someone from another school in the same geographic market (usually the same city or state) is passed over by a neighboring school. I think that’s because it would validate the neighboring school. I can’t tell if this kind of prejudice is getting worse or not, but I think it exists. Sometimes the prejudice manifests itself in assessments that another’s scholarship is weaker than it actually is; at other times, the prejudice is even bolder, as in “no one at ___ is worth hiring.” I think that’s unfortunate, but a fact of life.
Before weighing in, I'm curious to hear what others think. This correspondent mentioned one other factor that I'll turn to in a separate post. Non-anonymous comments are far more likely to be approved.