A philosopher at a ranked PhD program writes:
Here's a question that came up in a departmental meeting today; it might be an apt discussion question for your blog. Is there a norm in the profession about allowing graduate students to sit in on interviews conducted by their departments at the APA? In particular, is it good/bad policy to allow students that are not members of the search committee to sit in on interviews in order to become familiar with the interview process? Subsidiary questions are these: If it is good policy, is it only good policy for students not on the market? And if students do sit in, is it better if they do or do not participate in the discussion? Are there legal issues involved (particularly privacy issues)? And what do job candidates think about coming to an interview and finding graduate students there as observers and/or participants?
I suppose we might also ask whether it is appropriate to have graduate students on the search committee.
Graduate students/job seekers may post anonymously (please indicate your e-mail address, though--it won't appear); I hope faculty will post under their own names. Post only once, comments may take awhile to appear.