Case 32. Statements about Professional Experience
Franklin Academic was working with a team of people preparing a
proposal for a government agency to conduct a major longitudinal
national survey. Winning this grant would be very significant for the
department, providing an opportunity for important research, journal
publications, and support for graduate students for several years.
Franklin knew that as a junior faculty member, contributing to a
successful proposal would benefit his standing in the department and
his career. The evaluation criteria allotted 35% of total points to
demonstrating prior experience in conducting large-scale longitudinal
surveys. This was the weakest area of the proposal team. While the
group had capabilities to conduct such a survey and had experience in
carrying out small local surveys, no one had conducted longitudinal
surveys at the scale of the proposed research.
1. Should Franklin embellish his description of his
suggesting he played a larger role than he actually performed?