Ineffective Obsessions in Brazilian Academia and Proposals towards Meritocracy

20 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019 Last revised: 23 Nov 2019

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Abambres M

Num3ros; Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciências

Tiago Ribeiro

World Bank

Ana Sousa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eva Lantsoght

Delft University of Technology - Department of Engineering Structures

Date Written: November 9, 2018

Abstract

Albeit its constitutional claim for quality, Brazilian academia has largely been referred to as unmeritocratic and academic hiring is still inward-oriented. Lattes platform, a public curricular information system, reflects elements of this protectionism. This article assesses two ‘obsessions’ in Brazilian academia: (i) the ‘mandatory’ Lattes CV, and (ii) the candidates’ assessment criteria in public tenders for faculty positions. Several pros and cons (mostly) of the Lattes platform are identified. The following improvements are proposed: (i) evaluations in public tenders based only on candidate’s CV, interview, and a sample lecture, (ii) the dismissal of Lattes CV as a mandatory format, and (iii) the use of platforms as Microsoft Academic, Google Scholar, ORCID or ResearcherID for curricular information. With these recommendations, Brazil can move towards a more meritocratic academic hiring system.

Keywords: Academia, Brazil, Faculty Position, Lattes CV, Meritocracy, Public Tender

Suggested Citation

M, Abambres and Ribeiro, Tiago and Sousa, Ana and Lantsoght, Eva, Ineffective Obsessions in Brazilian Academia and Proposals towards Meritocracy (November 9, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3368680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3368680

Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciências

Portugal

Tiago Ribeiro

World Bank

Ana Sousa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eva Lantsoght

Delft University of Technology - Department of Engineering Structures ( email )

Netherlands

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