Loving Your Subject Isn't Enough

A blog post I wrote about hiring, which I think is the most essential piece of developing a culture of innovation.

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Developing a common set of expectations for hiring is essential for developing a culture of innovation. Too often schools use competency (usually in the subject area)  as the only barometer for hiring. However, I'd like to argue that schools should develop a set of faculty "dispositions" that they see as essential to the school's mission, and base much of their hiring on the way they evaluate candidates' embodiment of those dispositions. Subject competency can be taught in the right individual; faculty members who are not on board with the mission of the school can complicate even the most innovative cultures. 


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