Search Committees
A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches
Edition: 2

Foreword by Edna Chun
Paper: 978 1 62036 200 6 / $32.50
 
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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
204 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
tables, checklists & worksheets
Finding the right candidate for administrative, professional and faculty positions is one of the most important tasks that any institution or enterprise undertakes. However, few higher education professionals receive training on the search committee process, but are expected to serve on or lead committees.

This book provides advice, training, and a step-by-step guide for conducting a rigorous, thorough search. Following the expert model presented in this book will virtually guarantee successful searches. This guide furthermore provides advanced diversity selection techniques that are not commonly found in many resources inside or outside of higher education, and that have become institutional priorities in the context of demographic changes and globalization that require that higher education serve more diverse populations and compete internationally.

This guide covers the complete cycle of hiring, starting with defining the position and forming and briefing the committee, through cultivating a rich and diverse pool of candidates and screening and evaluating candidates, to making the selection, successfully completing the search successfully, and welcoming colleagues to campus.

This volume includes over 30 templates that are designed to be copied and used as training handouts or as handy reference and resource materials that provide guidance at various stages of the search process. The over two dozen vignettes included can be used as training case studies or as expert advice that illuminates key concepts that are helpful with improving the quality of the search process.

The guide includes:
1. An expert step-by-step search model.
2. Dozens of templates, samples, tools, plus a bank of interview questions.
3. Diversity recruitment and selection protocols and techniques.
4. Resource guide with advice, case studies, examples, and training materials.

Coverage includes:
* How to Build a Successful Search
* Recruiting Guide
* How to Design a Diverse Selection Process
* Minority Recruiting Resources
* Interview Guide
* A Bank of Interview Questions
* Screening Methods
* Sample Forms, Templates, Checklists
* Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues

This guide serves the needs of administrators who shape hiring policy and goals, committee chairs and members. It is also a resource that human resources professionals can use to train, equip and support search committees.

A complementary website at www.SearchCommittees.com offers additional resources.

[Previous edition published by CUPA-HR: Search Committees: A Tool Kit
By Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., 2000]

Table of Contents:
Exhibits

Vignettes

Foreword --Edna B. Chun

How to Use This Book

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
The Diversity Advantage

PART ONE: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

CHAPTER TWO
Approvals

CHAPTER THREE
Organizational Analysis

CHAPTER FOUR
Building the Foundation

CHAPTER FIVE
Defining the Position

CHAPTER SIX
Forming, Orienting, and Charging the Committee


PART TWO: CULTIVATING A RICH AND DIVERSE POOL OF CANDIDATES

CHAPTER SEVEN
Recruiting

CHAPTER EIGHT
Advertising


PART THREE: SCREENING AND EVALUATING CANDIDATES

CHAPTER NINE
Screening and Evaluating Candidates

CHAPTER TEN
Evaluating Written Materials

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Preparing for Interviews

CHAPTER TWELVE
Interviewing

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Additional Screening Methods

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Background and Reference Checks


PART FOUR: MAKING THE SELECTION

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Making a Recommendation

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Making an Offer
PART FIVE: COMPLETING THE SEARCH PROCESS

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Closing the Search

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Welcoming a Colleague to Campus


PART SIX: SPECIAL TOPICS

CHAPTER NINETEEN
Special Topics

CHAPTER TWENTY
Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues

Appendices

Glossary

References

Diversity, Selection Bias, and Search Committee Bibliography

About the Author

Index


Reviews & Endorsements:
“In the second edition of his guide, Lee fully demystifies each stage of the search process and shares numerous tips, talking points, and cautions. Search committees and search chairs can rely on Lee’s highly organized and authoritative publication. Other recommended users include department chairs, human resources officers, experienced trainers of search committees, and faculty advocates for equity and diversity. Lee’s book contains thirty-four useful exhibits meant to be copied and used as training handouts or as handy reference materials. Exhibit #1, for instance, provides a checklist of almost two dozen questions that deans, department chairs, and search committees often forget to ask themselves. For example, “Did organizational issues prompt the vacancy (change of leadership, change of work requirements, frequent turnover, downsizing, etc.)?” “What changes have occurred with this position over time, such as new or different duties and greater responsibility?” Such preliminary questions are invaluable to put on the table; they demonstrate Lee’s intent to more fully engage department chairs and their search committees in scrutinizing the why and how of upcoming searches. Exhibit #13 provides a “narrative or qualitative screening instrument” that calls for committee members to provide details and evidence about each candidate’s qualifications in almost a dozen job criteria categories. This evidence-based review is an exemplary practice that blocks a rush to judgment and boosts quality control. Also noteworthy is Lee’s glossary, which provides definitions of search components so that search members and others can stay on the same page. So simple and yet so effective for quality control. Search trainers, department chairs, and others will use to advantage Lee’s twenty-seven vignettes. These are long and short call-out boxes presenting information about the exorbitant cost of a bad hire, proven strategies to avoid a failed search, reliable ways to talk with applicants’ references, and so on.

This second edition is sound, succinct, and detailed and should have a long shelf life. And his new, intense focus on how to achieve faculty and staff diversity should be immensely appreciated."
- The Department Chair
“Selecting the right person for an academic appointment has become increasing challenging in a competitive environment with dwindling resources. In his guide Dr. Lee provides a clear process for a search including helpful tools, hints, and warnings to improve the likelihood of success for the institution. Woven through the guide is an evidence-based rationale for the recommended approach, including vignettes that make the theoretical come to life. This reference is a must for both novice and seasoned search committee members.”
- Patricia Maguire Meservey, President , Salem State University