Search Process

Search committee meetings should be held early in the process to determine the needs of the department, the required and preferred qualifications, the evaluation criteria, and develop a position description. Once this initial phase is completed the committee can develop and implement an effective recruitment plan, and post their position description and announcements.

Best Practice: To minimize conflict and increase the productivity of search committee meetings, the committee should establish processes, ground rules and evaluation criteria before any candidate’s materials are reviewed.

The first meeting should review the committee members’ networks to recruit a diverse applicant pool, research on implicit bias and differential evaluation , and accumulation of disadvantage should be discussed in the first meeting.


The general timeline for all search committees begins with a Preparation phase followed by the Recruiting and Evaluating phase, and the Offer and Closure phase.


This flowchart is a graphic representation of the Search Committee Timeline