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 are eligible to serve as search advocates on OSU search committees. OSU 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 increasingly extending this requirement to other types of searches as well.
Session II addresses key bias risks/remedies during and after a search. The session includes video segments from recent search advocate panels (informal groups of current search advocates describing their experiences in the role and what they've learned through serving as advocates).