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Social closure mechanisms in making a tenure decision

The following points enumerate some of the ways in which a typical geoscience tenure decision-making process enables implicit or even explicit bias. Departments and universities promulgate these criteria of "merit" as if they were objective, when in fact they are very subjective and often enable bias by disguising exclusion as arguments that the candidate lacks merit.

This page last updated 20 Apr 2018 - 8:50am

Social Closure: An introduction and some broad examples

As the GeoDES group was beginning to write our proposal to NSF, we struggled to conceptualize a framework that links individual change with institutional change. Julie Posselt suggested that we talk with Jerlando Jackson, who introduced us to the simple yet subtle concept of social closure.

This page last updated 21 Apr 2018 - 2:02pm
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