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, ColumbiaStanford, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.

Outsmarting Human Minds (OHM) is a series of short videos and podcasts on decision-making with insights from the mind sciences. OHM was founded by Mahzarin Banaji who is Harvard’s Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard College Professor, Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Senior Adviser to the Dean on Faculty Development.

HERC’s Search Committee Training Toolkit: The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) offers a search committee toolkit of four short films and accompanying worksheets that introduce hiring committees to inclusive, equitable recruitment practices to supplement current diversity and inclusion hiring activities.

Take an Implicit Association Test (IAT) at Project Implicit to explore your attitudes toward or beliefs about various biases that we all have.

We also recommend the Implicit Bias Video Series, a seven-part series for search committee members from UCLA's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office.

 Event videos

Helpful Guidance for an Effective Search Process 2016

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

How to approach the search, how to work with colleagues, how to identify and avoid roadblocks, and how to facilitate open and effective deliberations throughout the various stages of the process. (transcript)

Three distinguished scholars discussed their work on how decision-making factors may influence the selection process for faculty at institutions like Harvard. (transcript)

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Helpful Guidance for an Effective Search Process 2015

 
 
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. (transcript)  

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