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Interviewing and Hiring Practices in Brazilian Academia: Proposals Towards Improvement

Department of Engineering Structures, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Politécnico, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito 170901, Ecuador
R&D, Abambres’ Lab, 1600-275 Lisbon, Portugal
Escola de Tecnologias e Engenharia, Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciências (ISEC-Lisboa), 1750-142 Lisbon, Portugal
Independent researcher, 1000 Lisbon, Portugal
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Societies 2019, 9(3), 57;
Received: 29 May 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 14 August 2019
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Though Brazilian academia claims equality, the sector has largely been referred to as non-meritocratic, and academic hiring is still inward-oriented. The Lattes platform, a public curricular information system, reflects elements of this protectionism. This article assesses two ‘obsessions’ in Brazilian academia: the ‘mandatory’ Lattes CV, and the assessment criteria and procedures in public tenders for faculty positions. The current situation is introduced to the reader, and the shortcomings of these methods and their effect on academia in Brazil are analyzed. The following improvements are proposed: (1) evaluations in public tenders based on a candidate’s CV, interview, and a sample lecture, (2) removing the Lattes CV as a mandatory format, and (3) using platforms such as Microsoft Academic, Google Scholar, ORCID or ResearcherID for curricular information. With these recommendations, Brazil can move towards a more open and international-oriented academic hiring system. View Full-Text
Keywords: Brazilian academia; interviewing for faculty positions; Lattes CV; meritocracy Brazilian academia; interviewing for faculty positions; Lattes CV; meritocracy
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Lantsoght, E.O.; Abambres, M.; Ribeiro, T.; Sousa, A. Interviewing and Hiring Practices in Brazilian Academia: Proposals Towards Improvement. Societies 2019, 9, 57.

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