Early Discussions

The committee should discuss the following early in the search process:

  • Research on implicit bias and differential evaluation, and that diversity and excellence are fully compatible goals and should be pursued simultaneously.

  • Determine the method to record committee discussions and decisions. This is required by EOP, make sure you have taken the training.

  • Determine a process for how decisions will be made.  By consensus?  By voting? It is important to determine this at the beginning and use it throughout the search.

  • Set the rules of discussion, including how disagreements will be handled.

  • The evaluation criteria: It is important that the same evaluation criteria be applied to all candidates. Adding “special” or additional criteria for one candidate and not for another in the midst of the process is not equitable. See the Checklist and Faculty Search Committee Tool Package