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Search Advocate Workshop Session 1 - STATEWIDE/REGIONAL (click on each date for location)


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 Sessions I and II  (or the 9-hour one-day workshop, when it is offered in that format) are eligible to serve as search advocates on OSU search committees.  OSU requires search advocates on 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 increasingly extend this requirement to a variety of other search types.

Session I - Session I of the Search Advocate Workshop uses real-world examples from higher education  to illustrate key concepts, including the search advocate role, the legal framework for hiring, diversity, cognitive and structural biases, and potential bias risks that can arise even before the search opens.  The session recommends strategies to address identified bias risks and to enhance validity, fairness, and diversity in the search process.

Session II - is typically held shortly after Session I.  Please register for each session separately.


Equity and Inclusion - Search Advocate Program
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  • October 10, 2014 8:00am - 1:00pm
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CASCADES CAMPUS Session I offering.

This 5-hour session begins at 8 am and ends at 1 pm, with breakfast and lunch included. Session I is a prerequisite for Session II, and both sessions must be completed before you can serve as a Search Advocate. Participants will receive an email approximately a week before the session with some modest pre-work assignments. Completion of the two workshop sessions will qualify participants to serve as search advocates for one year if they wish to do so (details about continuing education requirements will be provided during the workshop, and are available upon request).
Anne Gillies
Bend, OR - Cascades Campus