This is an astounding statement. "Real world" work of an R1 professor is all about scholarly output; teaching undergrads is secondary concern. Why would rejecting a man with no discernible aptitude for scholarship mean the department is "out of touch"? Criminal justice is an arts and sciences discipline, not branch of policing. Besides, honestly, a university can't pay Bratton what he could get in private sector, anyway. It is very possible he can get a job at a high profile school (almost certainly in a "clinical" position, not regular TT); it is also very possible he would be rejected at several other schools if he applies. I will concede this: if he would complete a Nova PhD, he'd be competitive at higher-tier schools than regular Nova grad would. A PhD is evidence of scholarly training (and dissertation shows ability to produce "contribution to knowledge"), while celebrity in the field could help overcome lack of "prestige". Just like sanantone said a great publication record could. Correct me if I'm wrong: this was part of a graduate programme, not police academy? So, what's your point again?