Interviewing and Hiring Practices in Brazilian Academia: Proposals Towards Improvement

Eva Lantsoght, Miguel Abambres, Tiago Ribeiro, Ana Sousa

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Though Brazilian academia claims equality, the sector has largely been referred to as non-meritocratic, and academic hiring is still inward-oriented. The Lattes platform, a public curricular information system, reflects elements of this protectionism. This article assesses two ‘obsessions’ in Brazilian academia: the ‘mandatory’ Lattes CV, and the assessment criteria and procedures in public tenders for faculty positions. The current situation is introduced to the reader, and the shortcomings of these methods and their effect on academia in Brazil are analyzed. The following improvements are proposed: (1) evaluations in public tenders based on a candidate’s CV, interview, and a sample lecture, (2) removing the Lattes CV as a mandatory format, and (3) using platforms such as Microsoft Academic, Google Scholar, ORCID or ResearcherID for curricular information. With these recommendations, Brazil can move towards a more open and international-oriented academic hiring system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number57
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenging Academia: A Critical Space for Controversial Social Issues


  • Brazilian academia
  • Interviewing for faculty positions
  • Lattes CV
  • Meritocracy


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