Searching for Excellence & Diversity®

Workshops for Colleges & Universities Across the Nation
Recruiting and Hiring Faculty

Includes “Implementing Workshops for Search Committees” train-the-trainers module

WISELI can typically present this workshop during the spring and summer semesters (January–August), but not during the fall semester (September–December). Please contact WISELI for more information about scheduling and hosting a 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

Looking for this workshop at UW–Madison?


See below for RESOURCES for Search Committees and WISELI Publications related to the faculty search process.

Workshop options

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.

Combination Workshop

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.


Universities Visited


  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts


  • American University


  • 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