Review of Hiring Process Reveals University of Washington Faculty Search Weighed Race Inappropriately Against White Applicant

by Margaret Flavin at

A recent internal investigation into the faculty hiring process at the University of Washington reveals the disturbing lengths the school, and indeed other universities, go to discriminate against white job applicants.

According to City Journal, a white candidate who was best qualified for a tenure track position in the university’s Department of Psychology was ‘re-ranked’ after interference from the Diversity Advisory Committee.  The committee pressured the hiring committee to use the methodology laid out in an internal handbook titled “Promising Practices for Increasing Equity in Faculty Searches” to re-rank the candidates in preference of a non-white applicant.