Admitting International Graduate Students: Working to improve processes
Selection into highly ranked PhD programs conditions access to the 21st century professoriate. Who does the present system of doctoral admissions system work for, and who falls through its cracks?
Drawing from her book, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard, 2016) as well as recent case studies of high-diversity, selective PhD programs, Dr. Julie Posselt will pull back the curtain on a process usually conducted in secret.
Dr. Posselt presents admissions and recruitment from decision makers’ point of view, including thought-provoking episodes of committees debating the process, interviewing applicants, and grappling with borderline cases. Who ultimately makes the admit list reveals as much about how professors see themselves—and each other—as it does about how they view students. In addition to sharing her research, Posselt will share concrete strategies and tools to improve admissions processes, and through a series of interactive activities, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss and create more holistic systems of application review.
3 - 4pm: Presentation
4 - 5pm: Interactive forum
Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 17 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Julie Posselt is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and a 2015 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow. Her research examines institutionalized inequalities in selective sectors of higher education, especially graduate education, elite universities, STEM fields, and the professoriate. Dr. Posselt is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2016), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year. Her research is also published in the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Higher Education, Annual Review of Sociology, and Research in Higher Education, among other journals.
A member of the editorial review boards for the Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, her research has been funded by the US Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Science Foundation. Dr. Posselt received her PhD from the University of Michigan, and recently received the the 2017 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the 2018 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.