Evaluation and Decision Making in Higher Education

Toward Equitable Repertoires of Faculty Practice
  • Julie PosseltEmail author
  • Theresa E. Hernandez
  • Cynthia D. Villarreal
  • Aireale J. Rodgers
  • Lauren N. Irwin
Living reference work entry
Part of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research book series (HATR, volume 35)


In this chapter, we propose evaluation and decision-making as activities which, properly reconstructed from conventional norms, can be leveraged to change who and what receives access, opportunities, recognition, and status in higher education. We critically review seminal perspectives on faculty evaluation and decision-making, advance a new framework for equitable evaluation and decision-making in higher education, and consider the relevance of this framework in four functional areas of faculty practice: admission of graduate students, hiring, peer review, and curriculum and instruction.


Equity Faculty Evaluation Decision making Admissions Hiring Peer review Curriculum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Posselt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theresa E. Hernandez
    • 2
  • Cynthia D. Villarreal
    • 2
  • Aireale J. Rodgers
    • 2
  • Lauren N. Irwin
    • 2
  1. 1.Rossier School of EducationUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Laura W. Perna
    • 1
  • Ann Austin
    • 2
  • Stephen DesJardins
  • Linda Eisenmann
  • Pamela Eddy
    • 3
  • Adrianna Kezar
    • 4
  • Anne-Marie Nunez
  • Shouping Hu
  • Anna Neumann
    • 5
  • Nicholas A Bowman
  • Marvin Titus
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  4. 4.School of EducationUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Higher and Postsecondary EducationTeachers College, Columbia UniversityNew York CityUSA

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