Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity and Faculty Gatekeeping

CEW invites you to join us for an upcoming book talk by Assistant Professor Julie Posselt, faculty member in the U-M School of Education, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Professor Posselt will debut her new book, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity and Faculty Gatekeeping, published by Harvard University Press.

Date: January 11, 2016 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor 48104, upstairs at the Espresso Bar

CEW Director, Gloria Thomas, will engage in a conversation with Professor Posselt, particularly around the issues of gender and race in graduate admissions.

How does graduate admissions work? Who does the system work for, and who falls through its cracks? More people than ever seek graduate degrees, but little has been written about who gets in and why. Drawing on firsthand observations of admission committees and interviews with faculty in 10 top-ranked doctoral programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, education professor Julie Posselt pulls back the curtain on a process usually conducted in secret.


Julie R. Posselt is assistant professor of higher education at the University of Michigan and a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Using multiple methods, her research program broadly examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and how colleges’ and universities’ selection and evaluation activities may reinforce inequities and/or promote diversity. She has particular interests in research methods and the study of graduate education and the professoriate. Current projects investigate status competition and organizational cultures in higher education—namely, how they shape institutional decision making (e.g., admissions, hiring) and stratification in student access, degree attainment, and wellbeing. She is also PI of a multi-institutional study aimed at understanding organizational conditions of STEM graduate programs that have been successful enrolling and graduating women and students of color.

This event is free and open to the public, however registration is requested for planning purposes.

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