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 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 offered in that format) are eligible to serve as search advocates on OSU search committees. The university requires search advocates for Provost's Initiative and Tenured Faculty Diversity Initiative tenure-track search committees, beginning with the development/review/revision of final position descriptions before they are approved for posting. Individual colleges and administrative units are also implementing search advocate requirements for some or all of their searches.
If you are interested in hosting a Search Advocate Workshop in an Oregon location that has not already been scheduled, please contact Anne Gillies (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-0865). A minimum enrollment of 12-15 participants is required.
Breakfast and lunch and a light afternoon snack are provided for all full-day search advocate workshops.