Search Advocates are collaborative process experts who work with search committees to enhance the quality of university search and selection efforts. The 2-part Search Advocate workshop series provides 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 both Sessions I and II 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. Search advocates are required for Provost's Initiative and Tenured Faculty Diversity Initiative tenure-track search committees, and for all searches in a growing number of academic colleges and administrative units. The advocate's role begins with helping the search committee to develop/review/revise the final position description before it is approved for posting.
Session I of the Search Advocate Workshop Series introduces the search advocate role, provides foundation concepts (legal framework, diversity, cognitive and structural biases), explores potential bias risks that can arise even before the search opens, and recommends strategies to address those risks.
Session II is typically offered shortly after Session I. Please register for each session separately.
Full breakfast will be served shortly before 8:00 am, and the workshop begins promptly at 8:00. A light lunch will also be served during the last 60-90 minutes of the session.
Participants will receive an email seven to ten days before the session with additional information including some modest pre-work.
Please register for Session II as soon as possible after Session I--the program is most effective when participants complete both sessions within a relatively short time frame.