In order to ensure the quality of the appointment procedure, the composition of the Appointments Committee must ensure adequate representation of the field in question. Appointments Committees should be appointed with equal gender representation. Also professors from other faculties and other universities are included. In Bremen, the Committees are supported by an independent consultant who advises on the appointments procedure and compliance with the strategic goals of the University.
The Appointments Committee specifies the selection criteria and invites the most suitable candidates to attend a hearing. The hearing usually consists of an academic presentation followed by a discussion, a demonstration lecture for students, and a description of the candidate’s teaching and research concepts in dialogue with the Appointments Committee.
Not only excellent skills in research and teaching, but also personal skills are crucial for a professorship. The increasing networks among research units or the management of institutes call for diversity and gender-competent leadership capabilities and organizational management skills. These competences should also be taken into account when selecting candidates. The University of Bremen generally passes this task to a human resources consultancy specialized in such assessments.
For each applicant who is shortlisted after the hearing, the appointments committee obtains at least two expert opinions. Upon receipt and evaluation of these reviews, the appointments committee arrives at a final proposal list, which typically includes three names.
Family time (maternity leave, parental leave or care) is appropriately taken into account when assessing scientific performance.