Search Committees

Policy no. II-5
Effective date: 01/01/2002
Scope: student employees

Policy Statement

The university believes that a search committee is an integral part of an effective search for defined positions. A search committee shall be established depending upon the type of position to be filled. Search committees are required for all faculty, chair, dean, executive and senior staff positions reporting to the president, the provost, a vice president or a dean. In some instances a search committee may also be appropriate for highly specialized positions or those with a high level of public exposure.

The establishment of a search committee reflects the university's interest in locating and considering for employment a wide pool of applicants, including qualified minority persons, women, veterans and disabled individuals. Searches should communicate to the largest and most diverse group of candidates the merits of this institution as a place in which professional growth is promoted and in which performance and achievement are rewarded.

The appointment of search committee members is made by the hiring authority (e.g. president, provost, vice president, and dean) as soon as a position vacancy is announced.

Dean search committees are appointed by the president, and the committee elects its own chair.

Faculty search committees are appointed by the department chair. The department chair or designee will serve as the chair for the search committee.

Search committees for executive, senior staff and other academic administrative positions are appointed by the appropriate hiring authority.

The search committee normally should be composed of several members drawn from the constituencies served by the position, taking care to ensure that women and minorities are represented whenever possible. A representative of the Department of Human Resources must be included for staff positions.


The Committee Charge

The Committee should receive a formal written charge setting forth the expectations for the position and the search committee's role in helping to fill it. Typically a search committee charge covers the following essentials:

  1. The position to be filled
  2. The tasks and role of the Committee in the search
  3. The scope of the search (e.g., internal, local, national)
  4. A deadline for receiving recommendations from the Committee
  5. Affirmative action considerations
  6. Confidentiality
Policy Administration: Hiring authority

Reference: Search Committee Guidelines