Colloquium - Julie Posselt (University of Southern California) Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping

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Julie Posselt
November 8, 2016
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location
1080 Physics Research Building - Smith Seminar Room - reception at 3:45pm in the Atrium

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Add to Calendar 2016-11-08 16:00:00 2016-11-08 17:00:00 Colloquium - Julie Posselt (University of Southern California) Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping

How does graduate admissions work? Who does the system work for, and who falls through its cracks? Where does admissions reform fit into broader efforts to reduce inequalities in graduate education? In this talk, education professor Julie Posselt will pull back the curtain on admissions processes usually conducted in secret, and examine the limits and possibilities of rethinking admissions for increasing diversity in STEM. Drawing on more than five years of research that includes extensive observations of admission committees in action, Posselt will reveal how professors create and negotiate the meaning of merit as they evaluate applicants and work daily with their students. She will also show how departments that improve diversity through admissions and recruitment, but that lack strong mentoring relationships, may struggle to maintain gains serving underrepresented populations.

1080 Physics Research Building - Smith Seminar Room - reception at 3:45pm in the Atrium Department of Physics physics@osu.edu America/New_York public
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How does graduate admissions work? Who does the system work for, and who falls through its cracks? Where does admissions reform fit into broader efforts to reduce inequalities in graduate education? In this talk, education professor Julie Posselt will pull back the curtain on admissions processes usually conducted in secret, and examine the limits and possibilities of rethinking admissions for increasing diversity in STEM. Drawing on more than five years of research that includes extensive observations of admission committees in action, Posselt will reveal how professors create and negotiate the meaning of merit as they evaluate applicants and work daily with their students. She will also show how departments that improve diversity through admissions and recruitment, but that lack strong mentoring relationships, may struggle to maintain gains serving underrepresented populations.