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.