A new in -depth case study in Sciences finds that the Faculty of Contracting of rubrics, also called criteria or evaluation tools, mitigated gender bias in these decisions. At the same time, the researchers found evidence that a substantial gender bias persisted in some score categories and written comments of the evaluators.

While the rubrics proved to be imperfect, the document does not recommend abandoning them. Rather, it urges academic units to use rubrics as a "department's self -study tool within the context of a holistic evaluation of semifinalist candidates."

The case study focuses on an engineering department of an unidentified university research. The researchers worked with the department to adapt a pre -existing program of the program and tactics financed by the National Foundation of Sciences for Recruitment to improve the Diversity and Excellence Program (Stride) at the University of Michigan. This rubric evaluated the candidates for the Faculty in six dimensions: research productivity, impact of research, teaching capacity, contributions to diversity, collaboration potential and general printing. The scores varied from excellent to poor (4 to 0 on a points based on points) for each category. The written comment was also encouraged.

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