Resources for Conducting a Faculty Search

To support the University’s effort to recruit the world’s best faculty, the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity (FD&D) provides a range of resources, drawn from research and the experience of colleagues at Harvard and elsewhere.

Harvard resources

Background resources

We have drawn on and recommend Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A Guide for Search Committees, by Eve Fine and Jo Handelsman, as well as materials from Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, NSF ADVANCE program, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.

Event videos

Helpful Guidance for an Effective Search Process

The Faculty Search Process: The Art & Science of Selecting Outstanding Faculty

Panelists discussed how to approach the search, work with colleagues, identify and avoid roadblocks, and how to facilitate open and effective deliberations throughout the various stages of the process. Three distinguished scholars discussed their work on how decision-making factors may influence the selection process for faculty at institutions like Harvard.

Panelists:

Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science and Chair of the Astronomy Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Moderator:

Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics and Senior Advisor to the FAS Dean on Faculty Development,& Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Panelists:

Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology and Senior Adviser to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Faculty Development, Harvard University

Sheena Iyengar, S. T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia University

Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School