1998: The Role of Green Polyester in Faculty Hiring

July 17, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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"T here was just one problem with the English department’s job candidate: his pants," The Chronicle reported in an article on faculty fashion. "They were polyester, green polyester." The candidate, otherwise qualified, didn’t get an offer. In academe, where the life of the mind prevails, does it really matter what a scholar wears? Many professors said it does, although they disagreed about why. "If you don’t know how to dress," one asked, "what else don’t you know?"