A Workshop Series for Faculty Search Committees
Each fall semester, WISELI provides workshops for faculty search committees. These workshops aim to help faculty 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:
- Running effective and efficient search committees
- Recruiting a highly qualified pool of diverse candidates
- Understanding the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of candidates
- Ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates
- Developing and implementing an effective interview process
- Successfully hiring selected candidates
NEW this year:
- Prior to participating in the workshop, search committee members should complete our new online module. It covers Element 1, part of Element 2, and includes a tool for writing and assessing your job listing (PVL). Search committee members should receive a link to the online module when approval to conduct a search is provided and/or upon workshop registration.
- All workshops will be offered as a single 3-hour session. Previously campus-wide workshops were presented as a series of two 2-hour sessions.
Returning: We will again offer a “Refresher/Update” session for faculty and staff who have participated in at least two complete workshop series during previous years (that is, they have attended both Session 1 and Session 2 of the two-part workshop series twice, or have attended a combined session twice). Participants in the refresher session should also complete the new online module discussed above. The “refresher” session will consist primarily of discussions that will focus on:
- Sharing experiences and strategies for recruiting diverse and excellent applicants
- Considering how evaluation of candidates has been conducted and effective strategies for reducing bias
- Providing information on new resources, new research, and new evidence-based strategies.
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:
- July 17, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon — Click here to register
- July 22, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM — Click here to register
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.
Cross-College Workshops — 2021
CALS, COE, L&S, and all other schools and colleges
This workshop will be offered as one 3-hour session. To meet the scheduling needs of faculty search committee members its will be offered on several different dates. A decision about whether to hold each workshop virtually or in-person will be made close to the workshop date.
Please complete your registration at least one week before the date of the workshop you plan to attend. If you cannot attend any of the scheduled sessions, please contact Eve Fine (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional options.
Thurs. September 23, 1:00-4:00pm | REGISTER by September 16
Fri. October 8, 9:00am-12:00noon | REGISTER by October 1
Tues. October 26, 9:00am-12noon | REGISTER by October 19
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
Refresher/Update — 2021
Fri. Oct. 15, 9:30-11:30am| REGISTER by Oct. 8
Prerequisite: Completion of at least two complete workshop series during previous years (that is, attending both Session 1 and Session 2 of the two-part workshop series twice, or attending a combined session twice).
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.
- Dual-Career Couple Assistance Program
- Faculty Diversity Initiative
- Information for new and prospective faculty members
- Strategic Hiring Initiative for Dual-Career Couples
The Office of Equity and Diversity provides valuable resources for diversifying the workforce including:
- Consulting with search committees about the search process
- Advice and resources for accommodating the needs of faculty candidates with disabilities
The Office of Human Resources produces the online Recruitment Toolkit which provides valuable information and resources for recruiting applicants. OHR employs a Recruitment Specialist, Adin Palau, who can provide you with advice and recommendations for recruiting diverse and excellent applicants. OHR also provide information about UW-Madison and its benefits to prospective faculty.
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.
The increase in women faculty is no accident; it’s the result of a commitment to diversity in the department. “When I was hired in 1998, I was one of two women in ECE,” says Philip …
"Faculty Job Interviews Gone Bad." December 19, 2018. Kris Olds. Inside Higher Ed.
“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.