Searching for Excellence & Diversity®

A Workshop Series for Faculty Search Committees

Each fall semester, WISELI provides a workshop for faculty search committees.  This workshop aims 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:

  1. Running effective and efficient search committees
  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

The workshop is typically offered as a two-part series. The first session covers Elements 1-4, and the second session covers Elements 5-6.

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 2019:  June 18, 9:30am-12:30pm, Room 2065 Mechanical Engineering

This 3-hour session will cover all stages of the search process.  It is intended for members of faculty search committees that will begin recruiting applicants before the fall semester.  Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Fall 2019:  Check back here in August 2019 for the Fall schedule

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

Workshop Schedule - Fall 2019

Cross-College Workshops:

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

This is a two-part workshop series. Please select and register for a Session 1 date (first column) AND Session 2 date (second column) below. Please complete your registration at least one week before the date of the first session you will attend. If you cannot attend either session, please contact Eve Fine ( for additional options.

Session 1 — 2019

Thu Sept 19, 9:30-11:30am | REGISTER
Room 2188, Mechanical Engineering

Tue Oct 8, 1:00-3:00pm| REGISTER
PYLE Center, 702 Langdon Street

Fri Oct 18, 10:30am-12:30pm | REGISTER
NOTE: This session is now full, but please register and sign onto the waiting list.  We will move you to the confirmed list if we succeed in our efforts to find a larger room.

Session 2 — 2019

Thu Dec 5, 9:30-11:30am | REGISTER
Cheney Room (Rm 1413), Engineering Hall

Tue Dec 10, 1:00-3:00pm | REGISTER
Room 2188, Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Avenue

Fri Dec 13, 10:30am-12:30pm | REGISTER
Room 2188, Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Avenue

Health Sciences Workshop — 2019


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

Room 3110A (Interactive Learning Center)
Health Sciences Learning Center

Tue Oct 22, 1:00-4:00pm | REGISTER

Please complete your registration by October 15

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

Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)

The Office of Equity and Diversity provides valuable resources for diversifying the workforce including:

The Office of Human Resources (OHR)

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.

Relevant Publications and Media Coverage