Faculty Search Committee Tools

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.