Searching for Excellence & Diversity®

Workshops for Faculty Search Committees

WISELI’s workshops for members of faculty search committees aim to help committees conduct effective searches and to recruit and hire excellent and diverse faculty.  The workshop provides  information, advice, and strategies for the following elements of a search:

  1. Running an effective and efficient committee
  2. Recruiting a highly qualified pool of diverse candidates
  3. Understanding the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of candidates
  4. Ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates
  5. Developing and implementing an effective interview process
  6. Successfully hiring selected candidates

Preworkshop Online Module

Prior to participating in the workshop, search committee members should complete the online module: Getting Started: A Supplement to Searching for Excellence & Diversity.  It provides content on “Running an Effective and Efficient Search Committe” and on recruiting diverse and excellent applicants, including a tool for writing and assessing your job listing (PVL).  If you need to launch your search and write your PVL prior to participating in the workshop, we strongly encourage you to use this tool during the writing process. Search committee members should receive a link to the online module when approval to conduct a search is provided and/or upon workshop registration. You can also contact WISELI to request the link.

Workshop Materials  |  Resources for search committees

Not at UW-Madison?

We’ve held Searching for Excellence & Diversity® workshops at dozens of colleges and universities, and can arrange to come to yours.


Workshop Schedule

Summer 2020:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, WISELI will host a virtual workshop series

Session 1 of the two-session series will be offered on the following two dates:

This 1.5-hour session is intended for members of faculty search committees that will begin recruiting applicants before the fall semester. It will cover the early stages of the search process: Running an effective committee, recruiting a diverse and excellent applicant pool, and conducting fair and equitable evaluations.

Session 2 will be scheduled in consultation with those who participate in Session 1.

Fall 2020: Please check back here in August 2020 for the Fall schedule.

NOTE:  Any fall sessions will likely be conducted virtually.

Please contact WISELI for more information or to schedule a session for a particular school or college.

Campus-wide Workshops — 2022

CALS, COE, L&S, and all other schools and colleges

Tues. September 13, 9:30am-12:30pm | REGISTER by September 9

Thurs. September 22, 1:00-4:00pm | REGISTER by September 19

Thurs. November 3, 9:30am-12:30pm | REGISTER by October 31

Session 1 — 2020

Thu Sept 17, 2:00-4:00pm | REGISTER

Fri Oct 2, 9:30-11:30am| REGISTER

Course links will be provided to registered participants via email

Session 2 — 2020

Thu Oct 29, 2:00-4:00pm | REGISTER
For committees who have completed substantial evaluations of candidates on/before this date and plan to begin interviews in November

Thu Nov 19, 2:00-4:00pm | REGISTER

Fri Dec 11, 9:30am-11:30am | REGISTER

Course links will be provided to registered participants via email

Health Sciences Workshop — Fall 2022


Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine

Wed. October 12, 1:00-4:00pm, HSLC Room 3110 A&C  | REGISTER by October 7

Refresher/Update — 2022

If you meet the prerequisite described below, please contact us to arrange for a refresher/update session

Prerequisite:  Completion of at least two complete workshop series during previous years. Two complete workshop series means:

  • Participating in both Session 1 & Session 2 of WISELI’s two-part workshop series at least twice in past years, or
  • Participating in a combined three-hour workshop series at least twice in past years, or
  • Participating in both Session 1 & Session 2 of WISELI’s two part workshop series at least once AND in a combined three-hour workshop at least once.

Workshop materials

Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PDF). Members of the UW–‍Madison community can contact WISELI to obtain hard copies of this guidebook.

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. Members of the UW–‍Madison community can contact WISELI to obtain printed copies of this brochure.


WISELI Resources

UW-Madison Resources

Office of the Provost

Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA)

The DDEEA provides valuable resources that can assist with diversifying the workforce, including:

The Office of Human Resources (OHR)

The Office of Human Resources’ Talent Acquisition Team  provides valuable information and resources for recruiting applicants.

Relevant Publications

Media Coverage