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27 September 2006


Christopher Zorn

The term "institutional role" suggests an indicator of whether and how law faculty see themselves as embedded in the university's larger intellectual community. I'd suggest that other forms of cross-departmental connections could supplement the joint-appointments measure:

- Percentage of law faculty coauthoring with social scientists in the past X years (this also has the advantage of reflecting, albeit indirectly and imperfectly, the extent to which collaborative/coauthored research is valued by the law school in question),

- Percentage of faculty serving on social science Ph.D. exam and thesis committees,

- Percentage of faculty acting as co-principal investigators on interdisciplinary grant proposals (either internal or extramural).

Of course, data like these would be much harder to get than those on joint appointments... but that's Tracey's problem, not mine. ;-)

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