How are candidates for tenure-track positions/hires voted on after interviews and the search committee recommendation? (I am especially interested in R1 procedures.)

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    It depends. Each department will do it differently. In my old department, each person got an acceptable or unacceptable vote by the full faculty. However the search committee ordered the acceptable candidates for offers. In my new department, there is a full vote on who should be number one. – Dawn Apr 28 '18 at 12:25
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    I know there is not one answer to this, but I think we could answer it because there are only a few common scenarios. – Dawn Apr 28 '18 at 12:35
  • Would assume R1 indicates US? – Dawn Apr 28 '18 at 13:40
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    To the OP, I add "united states" tag based on "R1". If your question is not about US job search, please roll back my change. Thanks. – scaaahu Apr 28 '18 at 14:13
  • @Dawn Thanks for pointing it out. I made an edit to specify the country. – scaaahu Apr 28 '18 at 14:14

I'm sure it varies from one place to another. In my experience, our search committee (TT position at an R1) had to come to an agreed upon decision in terms of the order in which we were going to recommend candidates (#1, #2, #3). From there, our recommendation had to be approved by the dean of our college, and from there the offer was made.

If you're asking about what criteria a committee uses for recommending candidates, a lot of aspects are weighed: how the campus visit went - particularly the research presentation, publication record/plans, does this candidate's research align with and complement what the department already offers or is there too much overlap with other faculty, can we see this person fitting in our department, can they teach what we need them to teach, etc. Ultimately, however, the big question is always: who is most likely to stick around and manage to get tenure according to our standards? In other words, who's the safest investment?

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