Faculty Search Committee Tools
The RU FAIR grant proposal identified skills training in faculty recruitment and retention as a mechanism for increasing women’s participation and advancement in STEM disciplines. The following handbook and a companion online training module have been created to address inclusive practices in hiring and diversifying the pool of faculty applicants.
The Handbook: Increasing FacultyDiversity
The President’s Council on Institutional Diversity and Equity, which includes PI Joan W. Bennett and members of the ADVANCE Consortium, developed and published A Handbook for Deans, Department Chairs, and Members of Faculty Search Committees. Download the pdf here.
The Online Module
A companion Online Interactive Search Committee Module is also available to inform faculty members on current hiring research and nationally recognized best practices.
The website includes:
- a series of audio vignettes, interspersed with multiple-choice self-assessment questions
- data from research studies on:
- evaluation of competence and merit
- cognitive shortcuts,
- implicit bias and
- best practices for inclusive hiring.
- links to resources and references.
The development of the online module was lead by the SciWomen office in partnership with: the Office of the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs; the President’s Council on Institutional Diversity and Equity; and the Office of Vice President and General Counsel.