Recruitment is a shared responsibility, with a number of individuals and administrative offices playing important roles. Please review the general responsibilities of administrative offices, departments and search committees below.
Roles and Responsibilities
Faculty Recruitment and Personnel Relations
The Office of Faculty Personnel is responsible for supporting and monitoring faculty and librarian recruitment activities. Faculty Personnel involvement covers the planning stages up to the appointment offer. Faculty Personnel works closely with deans, library directors, department chairs and search committees to promote equal access to employment and to maintain a diverse faculty and librarian workforce.
Deans and Library Directors
Deans and library directors are responsible for setting the stage for an effective recruitment process and a successful outcome. This includes establishing guidelines for recruitment and outreach and appropriately monitoring the recruitment, evaluation and selection processes. In support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, and to promote a diverse workforce, Deans and library directors are also responsible for ensuring departmental/library activities are conducted consistent with the principles set forth in the University’s equal employment policies and procedures.
Academic Departments and Libraries
The primary responsibility for recruitment rests with the individual departments and libraries, under the leadership of the chair/director. It is the chair’s/director’s responsibility to work closely with search committees to set the stage for a successful recruitment process and to monitor recruitment activity. Chairs/Directors are responsible for maintaining a working knowledge of educating administrative assistants and search committees about applicable policies and procedures and working with search committees to recruit a diverse applicant pool.
As gatekeepers to the academy, search committees play a pivotal role in the University’s success in recruiting a diverse and highly qualified workforce. As a result, the University strongly encourages search committee members to comply with University equal employment policies and procedures, to embrace the underlying values of diversity and to work proactively to recruit a diverse applicant pool, including targeted outreach to under-represented groups.
Advancing Excellence and Diversity
Academic departments and search committees play a key role in building faculty excellence and advancing faculty diversity. The University relies heavily on the work of proactive search committees to maximize opportunities to recruit a diverse faculty. In doing so, we encourage search committees to:
- Value diversity and inclusion;
- Understand and comply with University equal employment policies and procedures;
- Discuss unconscious bias and how to prevent it from negatively affecting decisions and actions;
- Recruit a qualified and diverse applicant pool, including targeted outreach to under-represented groups;
- Interview top candidates fairly and equitably; and
- Select the best, qualified person for the position.
Faculty Recruitment is available to support you in your recruitment efforts and to assist you in advancing the University's diversity and inclusion goals.
John Vail, Faculty Affairs Specialist, Recruitment & Data Analysis