Policy regarding on-campus visits for shortlisted search candidates for Fall 2021 (October 4, 2021)

Monday, October 4, 2021

To: FAS Department and Program Chairs 

Cc: FAS Steering, FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Chair’s Assistants, President’s office, Provost’s office 

Dear FAS Department and Program chairs: 

Several departments have requested guidance regarding on-campus visits for shortlisted search candidates. The FAS Steering Committee has developed the policy below for searches taking place during the 2021-2022 academic year.  

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact fas.dean@yale.edu

Thank you for all that you do for the FAS, 


Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

FAS policy on on-campus final round interviews for 2021-2022 

Departments may bring final round/shortlisted candidates to campus for on-campus interviews, or they may hold interviews remotely. Whether interviews are planned to take place on-campus or remotely, the same norm must apply consistently to all shortlisted candidates associated with a given search. That is: if a searching unit wishes to have one shortlisted candidate take part in an on-campus interview, all shortlisted candidates in the same search must be invited to take part in an on-campus interview.  

For each search with which they are involved, departments must declare their intention to hold in-person or remote final interviews before deciding on the shortlist by speaking to their cognizant dean.  

If a searching unit chooses to hold on-campus interviews, deviations from this format are only permitted in the following cases: 

a) When an individual candidate requests a remote interview, or 

b) When factors beyond a department’s control, such as university Covid-19 policies, or state, federal or international laws, require a shift to remote interviews for one or more of the candidates.