Many colleges and universities in the US and elsewhere are switching to remote classes for the rest of the term, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. My own university just asked faculty to start planning in case we decide to do the same.
But of course, teaching classes isn’t the only thing profs have to do. For instance, right now, I’m sitting on a search committee for a tenure-track faculty position in evolutionary/comparative biomechanics in my department. The application deadline is coming up Mar. 18. We were hoping to arrange on-campus interviews ASAP after the deadline, with the goal of having the successful applicant start by Sept. 1.
Here’s the question we’re currently thinking about: What if we can’t hold on-campus interviews? How should we run the search? Any suggestions? I’m sure some of you must be going through the same thing, or have thoughts on how best to proceed. Looking forward to your comments.
p.s. As I hope goes without saying, “How should we conduct our faculty search during the COVID-19 outbreak?” is far from the most urgent issue in the grand scheme of things. In posing this question, I am not implying otherwise. I’m just doing all that most of us can do in this situation: trying to keep myself and those around me healthy, and trying to minimize the negative short- and long-term impacts of the outbreak on those around me.