Search Advocates are collaborative process experts who work with search committees to enhance the fairness, validity, and diversity of university search and selection efforts. This full-day version of the Search Advocate Workshop is a professional development update on current theory, research, and practical strategies that advocates can use to help search committees test their thinking, address complex process concerns, improve search validity and fairness, understand/promote diversity, and anticipate/address potential bias risks.
Participants who complete the full-day workshop (or two half-day workshops, when the training is offered in that format) are eligible to serve as search advocates on OSU search committees for the next 12 months (should they choose to do so). For advocates who wish to remain eligible after the first year, modest continuing education requirements are established. The advocate's role begins with helping the search committee to develop/review/revise the final position description before it is approved for positing.