Faculty searches in which there are internal candidates are difficult for all concerned, and can result in feelings of resentment among colleagues. Some of this is inevitable, owing to the inherent awkwardness of the situation.
Some, however, can be avoided. It may also be the case that improper search procedures are more likely to occur in these than in searches with only external candidates, and these, too, can be avoided.
As a general principle, internal candidates should undergo the same procedures (presentations, interviews, etc.) as external candidates. Ultimately, everyone benefits by this. Nevertheless, an internal candidate is not, in fact, the same as an external candidate. Internal candidates are also members of the Kenyon community, and are present when other candidates are on campus. This should be taken into account in interpreting the principle of equal treatment.