Before conducting a search, the hiring official, usually a dean or department chair, provides a hiring charge to the committee.
- The charge must be clear and precise. Ambiguity in the charge, in the role of the committee, or in the extent of its authority, can create confusion.
- The hiring official should state her/his expectation of the committee, such as whether the committee is responsible for identifying one top candidate, or a list of highly recommended candidates, and, if so, how many should be received.
- The charge is a critical opportunity to remind committee members about:
- The universal human tendency toward implicit bias
- Important resources for conducting a fair and inclusive search