Searching for Excellence & Diversity®:
Workshops for Faculty Search Committees
Recruiting and Hiring Faculty
WISELI's workshop, Searching for Excellence and Diversity®, provides faculty with information, advice, and techniques for:
- Running effective and efficient search committees
- Recruiting a highly qualified pool of diverse candidates
- Understanding the potential influence of unconscious bias on evaluation of candidates
- Ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates
- Developing and implementing an effective interview process
- Successfully hiring selected candidates
WISELI offers the workshop, Searching for Excellence and Diversity®, to search committee chairs and members in several different venues and formats:
- Workshops designed for schools/colleges on the UW-Madison campus in cooperation with the school's/college's Dean, Equity and Diversity Committee, Human Resources Department or other unit.
- Cross-college workshops for search committee members who cannot attend the workshop/s scheduled for their school/college, or for faculty serving on search committees in any other UW-Madison school/college.
- Department workshops: Upon request, WISELI can present a department-wide workshop.
Workshops are offered annually during the FALL semester, or upon request. The schedule for Fall 2016 will be posted in June/July. Please contact us for more information.
- Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A guide for search committees. Hard copies of this guidebook are available from WISELI's Online Bookstore.
- Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions (PDF). A brochure summarizing research on unintentional biases and asssumptions and their potential influence on evaluation of faculty candidates. Printed copies are available from WISELI's Online Bookstore.
- Recruiting Resources for Search Committees.
- Information for new and prospective faculty members
- BIBLIOGRAPHY of works related to the search process
- BIBLIOGRAPHY of references used in WISELI publications
- Benefits and Challenges of Diversity (PDF). A booklet summarizing research on the benefits and challenges of diversity.
- Office of the Provost
- Dual Career Assistance Program
- Faculty Diversity Initiative
- Faculty Strategic Hiring Initiative
- Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) The Office of Equity and Diversity provides valuable resources for diversifying the workforce including:
- Recruiting resources
- Consulting with search committees about the search process
- Advice and resources for accomodating the needs of faculty candidates with disabilities.
- UW-Madison Hiring Website
Designed by the UW-Madison Office of Quality Improvement and Human Resource Development, this website provides guidelines, helpful suggestions, resources and is an good place to start looking for answers to any questions you may have.
- Living and Working in Madison
The UW-Madison employment website provides information about resources, organizations, and services on the UW-Madison campus and in the Madison community. It also provices information about diversity on campus and in the community.
- Sample – Search Workshop Evaluation Form
- Pribbenow, Christine Maidl; Jennifer Sheridan; Brenda Parker; Jessica Winchell; Deveny Benting; Kathy O’Connell; Cecilia Ford; Ramona Gunther; and Amy Stambach. July 2007. "Summative Evaluation Report of WISELI: The Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute." (See Chapter 4).
For additional evaluation reports, see this page.
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.