Faculty Search Resource Pages

This page provides various resources for conducting a faculty search, with emphasis on best practices for recruiting diverse candidates. You will find more than 20 short information pages, which are listed below, including guidelines and suggestions for the search process, sample forms, and ideas for discussions to have with departmental faculty. You can download this chart as a pdf.

These files were compiled by Dr. Bonita Glatz, who was the ADVANCE/Provost Office Faculty Fellow during Spring Semester 2008. The resources were reorganized and selected ones were updated by Dr. Bonnie Bowen in Fall 2011 and Summer 2012.

Stage of Search Process Task Resource Documents Power Point Resources
Prior to the search    
 
  • Engage faculty in discussions about diversity and good practices
  PP-1, PP-2, PP-3, PP-4, PP-5
 
  • Identify and prioritize departmental needs
 
Appoint the search committee    
 
  • Appoint a diverse search committee
PP-2, PP-6, PP-7
 
  • Coach the search committee on the search process, including the topic of faculty diversity
 
 
  • Acquaint the search committee with common cognitive errors in the search process and educate about stereotyping biases
PP-8, PP-3, PP-4, PP-5
Preparation for the search    
 
  • Search committee meets and identifies problems in past searches (use findings from previous evaluations to improve new search)
 
 
  • Search committee sets ground rules for the search process
 
 
  • A non-voting process member is appointed to the search committee
 
 
  • The search committee defines the available position further
 
 
  • A position announcement is drafted, including language to encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants
 
 
  • Search committee defines required and preferred characteristics for the position and identifies the relative importance of these criteria

 

 
 
  • An evaluation matrix is developed
   
Advertise the position and solicit applications      
 
  • Advertise in new venues to enhance visibility of the position among diverse candidates
  • Places to advertise [R-13]
 
Initial screening of applicants      
 
  • Each application is reviewed by the entire search committee confidentially
  • Sample form for initial screening of applicants [R-14] [doc]
PP-9
 
  • Each committee member completes an evaluation matrix for each applicant
   
 
  • Committee meets to review applications and all candidates get a systematic and complete review
  • Sample form for initial screening of applicants [R-14] [doc]
 
 
  • Shortlist of candidates is developed for interviews
   
 
  • The shortlist is examined for diverse candidates, and expanded if not diverse enough
 
Final screening of applicants      
 
  • Committee contacts the candidates references for further information
  • Evaluating letters of recommendation [R-16]
  • Sample questions for phone references [R-17]
PP-9
 
  • Committee meets to compare information for all candidates; reaches consensus about candidates to interview
   
 
  • Document why certain candidates are not selected for interviews
   
Interviewing candidates      
 
  • Select candidates to interview and invite them to campus
  • Tips for the interview process [R-18]
  • Guidelines for effective interviews [R-19]
  • Teaching seminar plan [R-23] [doc]
PP-10
 
  • Manage campus visits
  • Tips for the interview process [R-18]
  • Guidelines for effective interviews [R-19]
  • Interview questions: What to ask? What not to ask? [R-20]
  • Human resource interview questions [R-21]
  • Sample interview questions [R-22]
  • Teaching seminar evaluation tool [R-24] [doc]
  • Candidate evaluation tool [R-11] [doc]
  • Candidate evaluation rubric [R-12] [doc]
  • Sample form for obtaining feedback on finalists [R-15] [doc]
PP-10
Ranking the candidates      
 
  • Finalize the search
  • Candidate evaluation tool [R-11] [doc]
  • Candidate evaluation rubric [R-12] [doc]
  • Sample form for obtaining feedback on finalists [R-15] [doc]
  • Tips for the interview process [R-18]
  • Guidelines for effective interviews [R-19]

 

 

 

Evaluate the search      
 
  • What went right? What can be improved next time?