UNC Charlotte ADVANCE partners with The Council on University Community, The Office of Academic Budget and Personnel, Human Resources and The Office of Legal Affairs to lead faculty recruitment training. These workshops are designed to help faculty search committees share best practices to use in their searches, taking into consideration diversity strategies, so departments can conduct fair, inclusive, and effective searches, consistent with university and department goals.
In a survey of attendees of the face-to-face session, 84% who responded said they became more aware of potential bias in the search process.
Recruitment Training is a two part process, and is required of all faculty on a search committee:
The first part is an on-line session in Moodle, which covers forms, processes and other details. Search committee members will complete this on-line session each academic year they serve on a search committee. Faculty can complete this session at their own pace, at a time they choose.
The second part is the face-to-face session, which search committee members are required to have completed within the past five years PRIOR to their service on a search committee.
No other dates will be set until Fall 2017.
New content has been added to the on-line training module, which is available on Moodle.
In-person Workshop attendees consider a scenario in which fictional search committee members conduct their business. The attendees analyze positive and negative aspects of the committee's approach, including whether they are showing inclusive behavior and ways they can improve.
One aspect of best practices is ensuring that diversity language is featured in job ads. Language is one element that can contribute to attracting a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Such language can include: