Hopkins Shares Too Much Information in Faculty Search

Hopkins Shares Too Much Information in Faculty Search
January 4, 2010

The history department at Johns Hopkins University angered many of those applying for a faculty job in early modern European history last month by letting all 106 applicants for the coveted position know who had applied. An e-mail with an update on the status of the search didn't use the normal blind copy option, but included e-mail addresses for everyone. And this being a particularly good position, many of the applicants aren't publicly in a job search. Nothing Recedes Like Success, a history gossip blog, called the list "a Who's Who" of the field. A history jobs Wiki has several posts from those who received the e-mail. Among the comments: "Anyone who's 'secretly' on the market will be majorly P.O.'ed." "The first thing that struck me was that I knew a number of the emails: they're people I know personally! I'm googling the rest..." "I was sickened to see the list of e-mail addresses." William T. Rowe, history chair at Hopkins, said via e-mail that the department has sent an apology to everyone who applied for the job.



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