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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