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Workshop for Search Committee Chairs and Members

Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committee Chairs and Members, aims to help search committee chairs and members run effective and efficient search committees, recruit excellent and diverse applicants, and conduct fair and thorough reviews of candidates. The event takes place Wednesday, December 19, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided) 2180 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue. In collaboration with the Dean’s Office in CALS and in the COE, WISELI offers this workshop for faculty and staff serving on search committees. The workshop is based on concepts of active learning and encourages small groups of faculty and staff to learn from each other’s experiences as they discuss relevant topics. This workshop will be tailored to the various stages of the search process relevant to the participants. Topics typically addressed in our workshops include:

  • Running an effective and efficient search committee
  • Recruiting an excellent and diverse applicant pool
  • Describing and assessing recruitment efforts
  • Conducting fair and equitable evaluations of applicants
  • Identifying good practices for structuring and conducting effective interviews
  • Considering strategies for successfully hiring selected candidates

All members of faculty search committees and departmental administrators who work with these search committees are welcome to attend. Each search committee should send at least one faculty member (preferably the chair) to attend both Session 1 and Session 2. If the chair of any particular search committee cannot attend or has already attended this workshop series, another faculty member serving on the committee should attend. We encourage more than one member of each search committee to attend.

Workshop recipients will receive and utilize our guidebook, Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committee Chairs, and our brochure, Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions.

Questions? Contact Eve Fine (

Registration is required. Please register by Wednesday, December 12 at:

(Registration is through the Office of Human Resource Development. Your participation in this event will become part of your professional development record.)