Chris Uggen's Blog: faculty disclosing criminal background

Saturday, March 08, 2008

faculty disclosing criminal background

inside higher ed reports on criminal background checks for faculty members.

i was surprised a few years ago when a student applying for an academic position sweated-out a very thorough criminal background investigation. during my job search in the mid-1990s, i can't recall any discussion of criminal history -- except for the senior scholar who chided me, saying "young criminologists these days haven't done enough crime to make any sense of it."

i can understand why colleges and universities might want a basic screen on applicants, but my student was called upon to explain every single arrest. on this point, i agree with the senior scholar who interviewed me: screening out criminologists with arrest histories is sort of like screening out economists who've handled currency.

2 Comments:

At 1:48 PM, Blogger newsocprof said...

we've got a couple of students who have done hard time, including one who now studies barriers to rentry in the labor market. ironic (and a great loss to the field) if he wouldn't be able to get a job as a result of the criminal history that led him to the PhD in the first place...

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Woz said...

"screening out criminologists with arrest histories is sort of like screening out economists who've handled currency."

Brilliant...

 

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