Implicit Bias Search Committee Training
With a recognition that the newly created Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training will serve needs beyond those specific to recruitment and hiring, all persons serving as members of search committees and all persons who participate in one or more of the functions of a search committee must complete the Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training.
Creating an Effective and Fair Faculty Recruitment Process
This integrated training reflects the efforts of the 2016-17 Faculty Diversity Committee to establish a faculty recruitment and hiring process that operates to increase the profile of our institution by ensuring both the excellence and diversity of faculty members. The recruitment and hiring recommendations generated by the 2016-17 Faculty Diversity Committee have been approved by the full Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the President.
The integrated training also reflects efforts made through the Office of the President and by the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure that the Implicit Bias portion of the training is evidence-based and relevant to the duties and responsibilities of members of academic units who are participating actively in one or more search committee functions.
The current iteration of the Implicit Bias portion of the Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training reflects the efforts of faculty and staff members in the Medical School Office of Diversity and Inclusion, faculty and graduate student researchers from the Department of Psychology Behavioral Analysis Program and the Chief Diversity Officer. All of these persons have worked to ensure that all who participate in search committee functions are maximally aware of the influence of implicit bias on decision-making processes and maximally knowledgeable of strategies that can be employed to mitigate the influence of implicit bias and better ensure a faculty search process that is fair for all.
Finally, the integrated training reflects the efforts of members of our Human Resources (HR) Department to both streamline, maintain the effectiveness of, and make maximally available the portion of the search committee training that addresses all of the practical and legal aspects of the search process. (This might serve as a good point to introduce the schedule of trainings.)
Information Essential for the 2017-18 Round of Faculty Hires
Faculty search committees are defined differently across our many centers, programs, departments, schools and colleges. For the purposes of faculty search and hiring processes undertaken during the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters, all persons serving as members of search committees and all persons who participate in one or more of the functions of a search committee must complete the Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training.
The functions of a search committee include the following:
- Generation of evaluation criteria for the position and the position announcement
- Posting of approved position announcement
- Initiation of direct recruitment/outreach efforts via letter, email or other forms of personal communication
- Review of application materials
- Selection of applicants for the long-short list
- Participation in phone and/or Skype interviews of applicants on the long-short list
- Selection of candidates from the short list for on-campus interviews
- Participation in on-campus interviews of candidates
- Discussions of and final identification of the candidate(s) considered for receipt of an offer of hire
Certain steps specified in the earlier part of the process [i.e. posting of approved position announcement and initiation of direct recruitment/outreach efforts via letter, email, or other forms of personal communication review of application materials] have been included as roles for the whole committee to better ensure that the training is completed as early as possible in the search process.
All discussions related to the creation and implementation of the Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training have emphasized respect for the speed at which many searches must be undertaken and the fact that some search committees were constituted and certain search functions undertaken during the Spring 2017 semester.
Implicit Bias Search Committee Training Schedule
Human Resources has established a regular schedule of Implicit Bias Search Committee Training workshops throughout the year. Each training lasts approximately two hours.
Search Committee Resources
The search toolkit includes a variety of resources to use during the search process including information about placement goals, a checklist and interview evaluation rubric, dual career assistance program information, additional information letter, offer questionnaires, and so much more.