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Recruiting and Hiring Faculty
Search Workshops for Colleges and Universities Across the Nation

Because the search process plays a critical role in shaping our faculty and staff for years to come and provides the best opportunity for diversifying our workforce, it is important that we implement effective and efficient recruiting practices and address important contemporary issues of excellence and diversity.

WISELI has developed and implemented workshops that provide search committees with the latest tips and advice for:

These workshops are relevant to search committees in all disciplines seeking to diversify their faculty and staff. They rely on material in our published guidebook, "Searching for Excellence & Diversity: A guide for Search Committees, National Editon.

To expand the reach of these workshops to university campuses across the nation, WISELI is now available to visit other campuses. (Click here for a list of universities we have visited.) During this visit, WISELI can provide:

Workshop Options

  1. "Searching for Excellence and Diversity®" – a workshop for department chairs and search committee members

    • This four-hour workshop is designed for faculty and staff members who are or will soon be serving on search committees on your campus. During this workshop, we will present the content of the search workshops we have developed and implemented on the UW-Madison campus.
    • See "Published Research" for more information about these workshops.
  2. "Implementing workshops for search committees" – a full day "train the trainers" session

    • This full day workshop is designed to help universities, university systems, and/or regional collectives develop and present their own search workshops on their campuses. It combines presenting the content of the WISELI's standard search workshops with discussion of such issues as how the faculty and staff on your campus/campuses might adapt or adopt the materials, methodologies, techniques, etc., that we use. During this event, we also provide participants with the opportunity to gain experience presenting research relevant to the search process.
    • This option works best when those attending and participating will actually be involved in developing, conducting, organizing, or presenting future search workshops for your institution/s.
  3. Combination Workshop:

    • AM: "Searching for Excellence and Diversity®" – A workshop for department chairs and search committee members
      PM: "Implementing workshops for search committees"

    • In the morning, we will offer the four-hour workshop, "Searching for Excellence and Diversity," for faculty and staff members who are or will soon be serving on search committees on your campus.
    • In the afternoon, we will meet (for approximately 2 – 3 hours) with a selected group of faculty and staff whom you expect will be actively involved in future efforts to develop and present training for search committees. We will engage participants in informal discussion about implementing search workshops on your campus. Issues discussed will include: the materials, techniques, strategies, and options for implementing search committee training on your campus. During this session, participants can also gain some experience presenting research relevant to the search process.
    • This option allows for presenting the content of the search workshop to a broad campus audience in the morning, while targetting the details of implementing the workshop only to those with a keen interest in participating in campus efforts to continue offering similar training to search committees.

Please follow the links above and contact WISELI for more information and for questions about program fees.

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Published Research

Sheridan, Jennifer, Eve Fine, Molly Carnes, Amy Wendt, and Jo Handelsman. "Searching for Excellence & Diversity Workshop: Improving Faculty Diversity by Educating Faculty Search Committees." In Personalauswahl in Der Wissenschaft: Evidenzbasierte Methoden Und Impulse Für Die Praxis, edited by Claudia Peus, Susanne Braun, Tanja Hentschel, and Dieter Frey, 281–89. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2015.

Fine, Eve; Jennifer Sheridan; Molly Carnes; Jo Handelsman; Christine Pribbenow; Julia Savoy; and Amy Wendt. 2014. "Minimizing the Influence of Gender Bias on the Faculty Search Process." In Advances in Gender Research: Gender Transformations in the Academy, edited by Vasilikie Demos, Catherine White Berheide, and Marcia Texler Segal, 267-289. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Jo Handelsman; and Molly Carnes. 2010. "Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center." Academic Medicine. 85(6):999-1007. PMID: 20505400. PMCID: PMC4128022.

Isaac, Carol; Barbara Lee; and Molly Carnes. 2009. Interventions That Affect Gender Bias in Hiring: A Systematic Review." Academic Medicine. 84(10):1440-1446. PMID: 19881440.

Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Jessica Winchell; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Molly Carnes; and Jo Handelsman. 2007. "Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Does Training Faculty Search Committees Improve Hiring of Women?" American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2007 Conference Proceedings. June 2007.

Sheridan, Jennifer; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Eve Fine; Jo Handelsman; and Molly Carnes. 2007. "Climate Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: What Changed, and Did ADVANCE Have an Impact?" Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) 2007 Conference Proceedings. June 2007.

For additional publications and presentations, see this page.