Proactive Recruitment

Using proactive recruitment, search committees can seek out and attract the best faculty from all over our state, nation, and the world.  Each search committee member should take on the responsibility of building a candidate pool and personally reaching out to prospective candidates.  In fact, the work should be divided strategically among committee members so that no individual committee member is overburdened by the time required for proactive recruitment.  Search committee members can build a list of potential candidates by searching for relevant recent publications, grant or award winners, comparable programs, and other avenues appropriate to the area of specialization.  Committee members should keep diversity in mind when creating the candidate list.  Once created, the list can be divided among committee members so each member contacts several potential candidates detailing the reasons why this position is so attractive and encouraging them to apply.  This should be done with a personalized email or phone call.

Proactive recruitment takes time, but it works.  A new faculty hire is one of the most important investments departments make for their future, so it worth investing the time to proactively recruit.  Proactive recruitment can generate a highly diverse group of talented people from which to select a colleague, it signals to applicants that the UA is the kind of highly engaged creative community they want to join, and once an offer is made, candidates are more likely to say yes.


Search Committee Documents

UArizona Faculty Search Committee Guidelines 2021

These guidelines are designed to serve as an organizing tool for faculty search committees as they move through the process of faculty recruitment and hiring. Read the guidelines

UArizona Guidelines for Shared Governance

Outlines principles of shared governance at The University of Arizona and is entered into freely by a faculty and an administration committed to a common vision of the mission of the University. Read the guidelines

Equity Gaps Calculation

A tool for quantifying inequity and a baseline for monitoring progress towards closing gaps. Access the handout. 

UArizona Faculty Demographics Report

Faculty composition trends from 2019-2020 and includes a nine-year equity gap representation analysis for sex (male/female) and race/ethnicity. Read the report.

Unconscious Gender Bias and Stereotypes in Letters of Recommendation

UArizona Commission on the Status of Women handout to identify where unconscious gender bias and stereotypes might show up in faculty letters of recommendation. Read the handout.

Respectful Pronoun Use in Recruitment 

UArizona best practices handout on pronoun use in recruitment. Read the handout. 


UArizona Human Resources Guide to Successful Searches

This guide provides a comprehensive look at the search process and important background information regarding laws, regulations and policies that inform best practices. Go to the website. 

Guide to an Inclusive Faculty Job Description - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Resource

An inclusive job description is one that communicates the institution’s desire and commitment to attract, retain and advance a diverse workforce. Simultaneously, an inclusive job description allows prospective employees to envision the possibility of their success and sense of belonging at the institution. Go to the website. 

Equity Mindedness - University of Southern California Resource

“Equity-Mindedness” refers to the perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity. It takes understanding inequities as a dysfunction of the various structures, policies, and practices that they can control. Go to the website

Faculty Equity Statements - University of California-San Diego Resource

An Equity Statement should describe past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. It should demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented minorities in higher education. Go to the website

Faculty Search Committee Training on EDGE

All faculty search committee members and hiring authorities need to complete this training that consists of four brief modules that cover better practices for recruitment and hiring. The Faculty Search Committee Training must be completed by all faculty search committee members prior to submitting a requisition to HR. Access the training  

Group agreements for workshops and meetings - Seeds for Change Org. Resource

They help a group to come to an agreement on how it will work together respectfully and effectively. This in turn enables people to interact more co-operatively and maintain respect for each other. Go to the website.

Interview questions

A practical UArizona Human Resources library of interview questions and questions to avoid during a job interview. 

Importance on Pronoun Use - My Pronouns Org. Resource

Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment. Go to the website. It can be offensive or harassing to guess at someone’s pronouns and refer to them using those pronouns if that is not how that person wants to be known. Go to the website. 

Relevant Research

  • Bhalla N. (2019). Strategies to improve equity in faculty hiring. Molecular biology of the cell, 30(22), 2744–2749.
  • Bilimoria, D., & Buch, K. K. (2010). The search is on: Engendering faculty diversity through more effective search and recruitment. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning42(4), 27-32.
  • Liera, R. (2020). Equity Advocates Using Equity-Mindedness to Interrupt Faculty Hiring's Racial Structure. Teachers College Record122(9), n9.
  • Liera, R. (2020). Moving beyond a culture of niceness in faculty hiring to advance racial equity. American Educational Research Journal57(5), 1954-1994.
  • Liera, R., & Dowd, A. C. (2019). Faculty learning at boundaries to broker racial equity. The Journal of Higher Education90(3), 462-485.
  • NSF ADVANCE, University of Michigan. (2009). Handbook for faculty searches and hiring, 2009-2010. University of Michigan. Retrieved on July 31, 2013 from
  • Sensoy, Ö., & DiAngelo, R. (2017). “We Are All for Diversity, but...”: How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change. Harvard Educational Review87(4), 557-580.
  • Smith, D. G., Turner, C. S., Osei-Kofi, N., & Richards, S. (2004). Interrupting the usual: Successful strategies for hiring diverse faculty. The Journal of Higher Education75(2), 133-160.
  • Tuitt, F.F., Sagaria, M.A.D, & Turner, C.C.V. (2007). Signals and strategies in hiring faculty of color. Higher Education: Handbook for Theory and Research, 22, 497-535.