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This 40-page booklet is widely used by:  departments and their chairs at campuses and professional schools; deans' councils; search/hiring and tenure/promotion committees; faculty developers; leadership-development programs for established and emerging leaders; ADVANCE campus programs; diversity councils and officers; campus presidents and their executive committees; institutes and labs, including independent government entities.
complete title:      RISING ABOVE COGNITIVE ERRORS: Guidelines to Improve Faculty Searches, Evaluations, and Decision-Making  (Resources for Medical, Law, & Business Schools and Colleges & Universities) 2010       Cost: $9 each but $8 each for orders over 25.  Order info below.

Part I  of the monograph focuses on:  15 typical cognitive errors and shortcuts unwittingly made by individuals engaged in evaluation and decision-making processes,    such as
*longing to clone,
*seizing a pretext,
*unintended biases and stereotyping,
*pre-mature ranking.
The first section also discusses six common dysfunctions within academic organizations that exacerbate the intensity of the cognitive errors. These dysfunctions include:
*overloading and rushing an evaluation committee;
*failing to coach and practice the committee before it begins its work;
*no checklists and no checks-and-balances;
*no accountability within the committee process and no accountability for results.

Part II outlines 14 ways to rise above the cognitive errors as well as remedy the organizational dysfunctions.  These steps include: 
*careful coaching and practicing of an evaluation committee so that members can name and then rise above typical cognitive biases and errors;
*using a matrix or other device to help keep evaluators focused on the criteria agreed on;
*insistence on "show me the evidence" rather than accepting opinions and personal assumptions from committee members; 
*a non-voting or voting "process person" within the committee to help the committee chair keep members on track.

Part III provides five Discussion Scenarios (mini case studies) that individuals, committees, and entire departments can use for practice, analysis, and honing their skills.

Note from the Author:  This booklet draws on insights and strategies arising from my long-standing consulting practice. The publication also draws on insights from cognitive scientists, brain-imaging experts, behavioral economists, legal experts, organizational psychologists, management trainers, and medical leaders (such as Jerome Groopman who in his book How Doctors Think outlines several "predictable and preventable" cognitive shortcuts that often mar medical diagnoses). 

Comments about "Rising Above Cognitive Errors: Guidelines for Search, Tenure Review, and other Evaluation Committees":

"I readily understand why professional schools, universities, and colleges would distribute hundreds of copies of this outstanding booklet and then organize follow-up discussions with various committees and leaders----just as the Provost's Office at the University of Florida has done." 
Debra Walker King, Associate Provost for Faculty Development, University of Florida
"Dr. Moody's work is of enormous practical benefit for any academic organization. She provides a catalog of cognitive errors that can inadvertently sabotage our various personnel processes and gives the practical tools to minimize them."    Terry King, Provost of Ball State University and former Dean of Engineering, Kansas State University
"Academic committees, located at community colleges, research universities, and elsewhere, should consult this monograph on a regular basis."      Kyrsis Rodriguez, Professor of Science, Roxbury Community College  
"Drawing on her extensive consulting and leadership experience, JoAnn Moody has written an indispensable and succinct handbook.   I hope this publication gets very serious attention and wide distribution."   Sheila Browne, Professor of Chemistry, Mt. Holyoke College

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