Best Practices in Faculty Search and Hiring

Columbia University aspires to be the go-to institution for the world’s greatest scholars.  We cannot achieve this without realizing our core values of both inclusion and excellence.  This requires sustained focus on equity in all of our efforts to recruit, hire, promote, and retain an exceptionally well-qualified faculty.

The Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Search and Hiring provides guidance and suggestions to assist you in conducting fair and equitable searches.  It presents ideas for how to help your school or department lay the foundation for attracting a diverse candidate pool and successfully recruiting diverse candidates.

This guide includes the following six sections.  Download the full guide, or use the links below to download by section.

Introduction.  Includes acknowledgements, a letter from the Provost, and an introduction to this guide.

ChecklistOne-page list of best practices recommended to ensure that searches are equitable and inclusive.  They are recommended for all tenured and tenure-track faculty searches at Columbia University.

Before the SearchProvides an overview of the Standard Search Procedures at Columbia University, and guidance on how to select search committee members, launch a committee, and craft a position description.

During the Search.  Contains best practices on active recruiting, evaluating applicants, and reviewing candidate shortlists, as well as addressing myths related to diversity and faculty recruitment.

After the Search.  Guidance on organizing on-campus visits and interviews, selecting candidates and making offers, and evaluating the success of a search after completion. 

Appendix.  This appendix contains the following resources: Guidelines for Interview Questions, Guidelines for Assessing a Candidate's Ability to Work/Teach in a Diverse Environment, Sample Candidate Evaluation Form, Tools for the Diversity Advocate on the Search Committee, Negotiating the Offer, Resources for Adverstising Positions and Active Recruiting, and a Reading List on Hidden Biases and Cognitive Errors.