1st Edition

The Complete Academic Search Manual A Systematic Approach to Successful and Inclusive Hiring

    • Covers searches for all faculty, staff, and administrative positions
    • Emphasizes aligning hires to departmental and institutional goals
    • Describes proven practices for successful outcomes

    Successful academic searches, where high caliber college faculty and administrators are recruited and retained, are critical to the vitality and sustainability of every institution. In higher education many faculty and administrators are thrust into the role of academic search with little preparation other than their own experience of being interviewed. Typically search committees also have to manage the process in the context of already heavy workloads. This manual provides faculty members, department heads, chairs, deans, and members of search committees with a straightforward ten-step process, using proven strategies and systematic planning, designed to facilitate group dynamics while members seek out and identify high caliber candidates and reach consensus on the best one for the institution.This book concisely lays out everything committee members need to know, replete with real life examples from diverse institutions, sample forms, timelines, and checklists. The process begins with the composition of the committee, understanding its charge, and the responsibilities of the chair and its members. It then leads the committee through the steps of drawing up the position description using input from all stakeholders, publicizing the position, evaluating resumes, planning and conducting interviews, narrowing the pool, to the final selection and negotiation processes. Throughout, the authors attend to issues of diversity and inclusion, aligning the hire with institutional goals, and avoiding legal pitfalls. Equally importantly, they set out a framework for welcoming, acclimating, and retaining new hires to ensure the return on the institution’s substantial investment of time and expense to recruit them.

    Introduction 1 Preparing the Search Committee 2 Profile and Position Descriptions 3 Recruiting Candidates 4 Evaluating Resumés 5 Preparing to Interview 6 Preliminary Screening Interviews 7 The Campus Interviews 8 Evaluating the Finalists 9 Negotiating and Making the Offer 10 Extending Hospitality to the New Hire


    Lauren A. Vicker is Professor and Chair of the Communication/Journalism Department, St. John Fisher College.

    Harriette J. Royer is the Assistant Director of the Career Management Center at the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester.

    "The Complete Academic Search Manual is an easy read and an excellent resource for all faculty, staff, and administrators....This manual gives search committees the tools to conduct an efficient, ethical search that results in hiring the best fit candidate."

    Journal of College Student Development

    "(This book) is more than its cover reveals. It is a systematic guide for setting up, evaluating, advertising, interviewing, negotiating and hiring professionals both in academia and in the entire nonprofit sector. All organizations could gain so much from this work. [It] lays out a complete, step-by-step approach to the search and hiring process from day one to the closing of the deal. It is thoughful, well researched, fair and thorough. The book works as a set of guidelines to make sure every step in the employment search is covered and covered well. The authors have obviously been through this process and have learned their lessons well. They have shared their knowledge in a pleasant, readable and digestable manner. This book is highly recommended. It is a real bargain at the price."

    Tom Proietti, Monroe Community College

    "There is a need for information such as this by search committees throughout academe. This book presents the necessary information in a readily accessible way, provides valuable checklists for action and offers features that will improve the search process. It is a useful addition to the literature on the academic search, not least because of its handling of diversity in hiring."

    Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

    Arizona State University