Workshops for Colleges & Universities Across the Nation
Recruiting and Hiring Faculty
Includes “Implementing Workshops for Search Committees” train-the-trainers module
Due to COVID-19 related restrictions on travel and large public gatherings, we regret being unable to offer this workshop. We will provide notice when restrictions are eased, or when we develop alternative methods for virtual delivery of this workshop.
Because the search process plays a critical role in shaping our faculty and staff for years to come and provides the best opportunity for diversifying our workforce, it is important that we implement effective and efficient recruiting practices and address important contemporary issues of excellence and diversity.
WISELI has developed and implemented workshops that provide search committees with the latest tips and advice for:
- Running efficient and effective searches
- Recruiting excellent and diverse applicants
- Understand the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of candidates
- Conducting fair and thorough reviews of candidates
- Implementing an effective interview process
- Successfully hiring selected candidates
Searching for Excellence and Diversity®
A workshop for department chairs and search committee members
This four-hour workshop is designed for faculty and staff members who are or will soon be serving on search committees on your campus. During this workshop, we will present the content of the search workshops we have developed and implemented on the UW–Madison campus.
Implementing workshops for search committees
A full-day “train the trainers” session
This full-day workshop is designed to help universities, university systems, and/or regional collectives develop and present their own search workshops on their campuses. It combines presenting the content of the WISELI’s standard search workshops with discussion of such issues as how the faculty and staff on your campus/campuses might adapt or adopt the materials, methodologies, techniques, etc., that we use. During this event, we also provide participants with the opportunity to gain experience presenting research relevant to the search process.
This option works best when those attending and participating will actually be involved in developing, conducting, organizing, or presenting future search workshops for your institution/s.
AM: “Searching for Excellence and Diversity®” – A workshop for department chairs and search committee members
PM: “Implementing workshops for search committees”
In the morning, we will offer the four-hour workshop, “Searching for Excellence and Diversity,” for faculty and staff members who are or will soon be serving on search committees on your campus.
In the afternoon, we will meet (for approximately 2-3 hours) with a selected group of faculty and staff whom you expect will be actively involved in future efforts to develop and present training for search committees. We will engage participants in informal discussion about implementing search workshops on your campus. Issues discussed will include: the materials, techniques, strategies, and options for implementing search committee training on your campus. During this session, participants can also gain some experience presenting research relevant to the search process.
This option allows for presenting the content of the search workshop to a broad campus audience in the morning, while targeting the details of implementing the workshop only to those with a keen interest in participating in campus efforts to continue offering similar training to search committees.
- Recruiting resources for search committees
- Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committees (PDF). Hard copies of this guidebook are available from WISELI’s Online Bookstore.
- Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions (PDF). A brochure summarizing research on unintentional biases and assumptions and their potential influence on evaluation of faculty candidates. Printed copies are available from WISELI’s Online Bookstore.
- BIBLIOGRAPHY of references used in WISELI publications
- BIBLIOGRAPHY of works related to the search process
- Florida Atlantic University
- Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts
- University of Chicago
- University of Toronto
- Ohio State University
- University of Minnesota
- Upper Midwest HERC Consortium
- University of Minnesota Medical School
- University of Texas Pan American
- University of Vermont
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Wright State University
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
- South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
- North Dakota State University
- Northern State University
- South Dakota State University
- Purdue University
- Skidmore College and Union College (combined)
- University of Delaware
- Edgewood College
- University of Alabama-Brimingham
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Wayne State University
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Washington University in St. Louis
- University of Wisconsin System
- Wisconsin Technical College System
Relevant Publications and Media Coverage
"Faculty Job Interviews Gone Bad." December 19, 2018. Kris Olds. Inside Higher Ed.
Searching for Excellence & Diversity® Workshop: Improving Faculty Diversity by Educating Faculty Search Committees
Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Molly Carnes; Amy Wendt; and Jo Handelsman. 2015. “Searching for Excellence & Diversity® Workshop: Improving Faculty Diversity by Educating Faculty Search Committees.” In Personalauswahl in der Wissenschaft (C. Peus et al., Eds.) Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Fine, Eve; Jennifer Sheridan; Molly Carnes; Jo Handelsman; Christine Pribbenow; Julia Savoy; and Amy Wendt. 2014. “Minimizing the Influence of Gender Bias on the Faculty Search Process.” In Advances in Gender Research: Gender Transformations in the Academy (Vasilikie Demos, Catherine White Berheide, and Marcia Texler Segal, Eds.) Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Fine, Eve and Molly Carnes. “Searching for Excellence & Diversity®: Workshops for Search Committees. GWIMS Watch (Summer, 2013): 7-8.
Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center
Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Jo Handelsman; Molly Carnes. 2010. “Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center.” Academic Medicine. 85(6):999-1007.
Isaac, Carol; Barbara Lee; and Molly Carnes. 2009. “Interventions That Affect Gender Bias in Hiring: A Systematic Review.” Academic Medicine. 84(10):1440-1446.
Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Does Training Faculty Search Committees Improve Hiring of Women?
Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Jessica Winchell; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Molly Carnes; and Jo Handelsman. 2007. “Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Does Training Faculty Search Committees Improve Hiring of Women?” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2007 Conference Proceedings. June 2007.
Climate Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: What Changed, and Did ADVANCE Have an Impact?
Sheridan, Jennifer; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Eve Fine; Jo Handelsman; and Molly Carnes. 2007. “Climate Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: What Changed, and Did ADVANCE Have an Impact?” Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) 2007 Conference Proceedings. June 2007.
“Gender Matters.” Jennifer Blue, Adrienne L. Traxler, and Ximena C. Cid. Physics Today 71/3/40. March 2018.
“Stop Bias and Start Change in STEM.” Beth Mitchneck. The Hill/Congress Blog. May 6, 2016.
“Bias in Hiring.” Emily Auerbach. University of the Air, Wisconsin Public Radio. Madison, WI. September 20, 2015.
“Reducing the Impact of Negative Stereotypes on the Careers of Minority and Women Scientists.” Daisy Grewal. Science Careers. October 26, 2010.