Search Committees - Book
Finding the right candidate for administrative, professional and faculty positions is one of the most important tasks that any institution or enterprise undertakes. However, few higher education professionals receive training on the search committee process, but are expected to serve on or lead committees.
This book provides advice, training, and a step-by-step guide for conducting a rigorous, thorough search. Following the expert model presented in this book will virtually guarantee successful searches. This guide furthermore provides advanced diversity selection techniques that are not commonly found in many resources inside or outside of higher education, and that have become institutional priorities in the context of demographic changes and globalization that require that higher education serve more diverse populations and compete internationally.
This guide covers the complete cycle of hiring, starting with defining the position and forming and briefing the committee, through cultivating a rich and diverse pool of candidates and screening and evaluating candidates, to making the selection, successfully completing the search successfully, and welcoming colleagues to campus.
This volume includes over 30 templates that are designed to be copied and used as training handouts or as handy reference and resource materials that provide guidance at various stages of the search process. The over two dozen vignettes included can be used as training case studies or as expert advice that illuminates key concepts that are helpful with improving the quality of the search process.
The guide includes:
1. An expert step-by-step search model.
2. Dozens of templates, samples, tools, plus a bank of interview questions.
3. Diversity recruitment and selection protocols and techniques.
4. Resource guide with advice, case studies, examples, and training materials.
· How to Build a Successful Search
· Recruiting Guide
· How to Design a Diverse Selection Process
· Minority Recruiting Resources
· Interview Guide
· A Bank of Interview Questions
· Screening Methods
· Sample Forms, Templates, Checklists
· Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues
This guide serves the needs of administrators who shape hiring policy and goals, committee chairs and members. It is also a resource that human resources professionals can use to train, equip and support search committees.
A companion website at www.SearchCommittees.com offers additional resources.
Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR is a leading authority on the search process. His first Search Committees book earned the 2001 Kathryn Hansen publication award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Since that time, he has provided search committee training to more than 1,000 human resource professionals and he has consulted with dozens of colleges and universities on the search process. He is the founder of www.SearchCommittees.com, a website that is an online repository of hundreds of resources and training materials on the search committee process designed to train and empower search committees. Additionally, Chris is a the author of numerous human resources-related articles, chapters, and three books, including Performance Conversations: An Alternative to Appraisals. This is his new book, Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches.
He has served as the chief human resources officer for four institutions of higher learning and as an adjunct professor of HR for several institutions over his 20-year career. He is also a former question writer for the PHR and SPHR examinations administered by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
How to Use This Book
The Diversity Advantage
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK
Building the Foundation
Defining the Position
Forming, Orienting, Charging the Committee
CULTIVATING A RICH AND DIVERSE POOL OF CANDIDATES
SCREENING AND EVALUATING CANDIDATES
Evaluating Written Materials
Preparing for Interviews
Additional Screening Methods
Background & Reference Checks
MAKING THE SELECTION
Making a Recommendation
Making the Offer
COMPLETING THE SEARCH SUCCESSFULLY
Closing the Search
Welcoming Colleagues to Campus
Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues
Diversity, Selection Bias, & Search Committee Bibliography
Advance Praise for Search Committees
Selecting the right person for an academic appointment has become increasing challenging in a competitive environment with dwindling resources. In his guide Dr. Lee provides a clear process for a search including helpful tools, hints, and warnings to improve the likelihood of success for the institution. Woven through the guide is evidence-based rational for the recommended approach, including vignettes that have the theoretical come to life. This reference is a must for both novice and seasoned search committee members.
Patricia Maguire Meservey
President, Salem State University
The book is well organized, referenced and provides some outstanding tools and ready to use templates for HR professionals supporting searches as well as committee chairs and committee members.
Rather than "guessing" or simply utilizing the process your institution has had for many years this book can help any institution build (or re-invigorate) its search committee process!
Isaac Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Director Human Resources
Lewis & Clark College
… A comprehensive resource and guide to effective recruitment of faculty and staff. Chris has a high level and sophisticated understanding of the higher education community evidenced in his ability to delve deeply and broadly into critical nuances and to offer practical advice in every stage of the search process. Throughout, Chris incorporates strategies to promote the development of a strong and diverse pool of candidates – which is foundational to an effective process and to ensure a successful outcome. Highly recommend this book for all HR professionals, especially those charged with providing leadership in the area of recruitment, and for others across campus that participate in any way with the faculty and staff search, recruitment and selection process.
Lauren A. Turner
Associate Vice Chancellor
Human Resources and Equal Opportunity & Outreach
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Past National Board Chair, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
In my 15+ years in talent acquisition, rarely does one uncover a singular resource that provides step-by-step guidance in maximizing your institution’s recruitment and selection process. Dr. Lee’s book delivers exactly what it promises in the title: a comprehensive guide for search committees that will instantly upgrade faculty, staff, and administrative searches. If you are among the few enlightened souls who believe diversity recruitment is not an after-the-fact consideration, but is rather a required component of all successful searches, this book will prove invaluable to you. The templates, samples, interview protocols, case studies, exhibits, and other first-class training materials make Dr. Lee’s book “required reading” for all search committee members.
Glenn R. Powell
Director, Employment Equity
Georgia Regents University
Search Committees is an intelligent guide to identifying well-qualified candidates for various levels within academic organizations – a critical activity for the success of any organization -often taken for granted, and not always thoughtfully implemented. Included are useful techniques and strategies for the complex and sometimes overwhelming search process; including integrating diversity and involving stakeholders. The value of this book is that it can serve as a checklist of techniques many of us know, but fail to do, as well as motivate committees to innovate the search process.
Cheryl R. Wyrick, Ph.D., SPHR
Professor, Management and Human Resources
Associate Dean, College of Business Administration
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
In the competitive world of identifying and successfully recruiting professional talent for higher education, I consider Dr. Lee’s book, Search Committee: A Comprehensive Guide…, a must read before any serious search is undertaken. The release of the second edition of Search Committee…further confirms why Dr. Lee’s methodical approach to finding, accessing, and securing talent is so indispensable to building a professional staff.
Elaine M. Lemay, MHROD
Executive Director of Human Resources
Samuel Merritt University
I saw Dr. Lee speak at a CUPA-HR conference in the early 2000’s and was immediately impressed with his knowledge of the subject matter, higher education searches. There was such a dearth of information on the subject that I, as a busy HR administrator of a higher education research organization, was thrilled to have access to a bounty of high quality material that I could actually reproduce to train with! Thanks to Dr. Lee, my campus has some of the very best material for our search committees. Our searches are lawful, cast a wide net and are fair and equitable. Our committees are thankful for the ability to understand each of their roles along with comprehension of how critical the choice is to the institution to reach and choose the most qualified applicants. I highly support those with responsibilities to conduct searches, in every facet, be it as an administrator or a member of a committee, to take advantage of this marvelous book and web site. It may be one of the best choices you make in your career.
Sandra Schoelles, PHR, CAAP
Director, Human Resources
Office of Sponsored Programs
SUNY, Buffalo State Campus
“In this in-depth practical playbook chock-full of useful scenarios, examples, templates and tools, Dr. Lee masterfully captures the essence and art of the higher education search committee process in his new book entitled, Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff and Administrative Searches. This is a “must have resource” for all CHRO’s and higher education HR professionals responsible for leading, managing and maintaining “meritocracy” in higher ed institutions.” – Brian K. Dickens, SPHR
Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Payroll Services
Texas Southern University and, College and University Professional Association for Human Resource (CUPA-HR)-National At-Large Board Member
The work of selecting new faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues is very challenging. Often, it is performed by committees made up of deeply concerned individuals for whom human capital issues are not part of their daily work. That’s why this book is so important. Dr. Christopher Lee demystifies the work of selection committees—both for those who are asked to serve on them and for the candidates with whom those committee members will interact. Ensuring that new employees are a good fit within an academic institution is a tough job, and the market for highly-skilled talent is extremely competitive. It’s important that committees work quickly and diligently to ensure their institution will have the broadest candidate base from which to select. This book will help selection committees avoid the pitfalls that can slow their progress. Dr. Lee has done a fine job of making smart selection processes accessible to committee members and the employers who rely on the fruits of their work.
Cheryl Crozier Garcia, Ph.D., SPHR, GPHR
Professor, Human Resource Management and Program Chair, MAHRM Program
Hawaii Pacific University
"Dr. Lee has written a comprehensive manual that provides human resources professionals with invaluable knowledge on how to conduct efficient and effective searches for their institutions. Filled with cutting edge and practical techniques, this book will help colleges and universities identify the best and brightest talent available."
Jaffus Hardrick, Ed.D
Vice President for Human Resources & Vice Provost, Access & Success
Florida International University
For an institution to achieve its goals, it is critical that every position be filled with the best possible candidate that fits the institution’s needs. Yet most higher education search committees, who will recruit, interview and recommend the candidates, are often assembled with little training or experience.
This seminal book explains the best practices for managing the search process getting the desired results. It should be required reading for department chairs, deans, search committee chairs and anyone fortunate enough to be filling a faculty or administrative position in higher education. Search Committees will save the university time and money and will undoubtedly produce more satisfactory results.
Dr. Betsy V. Boze, President
The College of The Bahamas
Whether you are chairing your first search committee or your tenth, you will learn something important from this book. Emphasizing how to hire strategically and diversely, Dr. Christopher D. Lee gives detailed advice and proposes sound practices. Who knew, for instance, that the cost to hire a faculty member for 30 years comes to about $3 million, a fact that should give committees pause as they decide whether an applicant should be offered an interview? Search Committees will be of tremendous benefit to anyone involved in the academic search process, from board chairs to HR professionals to faculty members.
Carol M. Bresnahan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
In order to best educate our students and prepare them for a global economy, they must learn from faculty, administrators, and staff that provide a diverse range of life experiences, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, background, and worldviews. Attracting and hiring a diverse and highly qualified workforce is critical to our mission as higher education professionals. After having served as a diversity representative on hiring committees, I understand how difficult it is recruit, hire, and retain great candidates who also increase the diversity of our campuses. Dr. Lee really understands the importance of diversity in the hiring process. In addition to including an entire chapter on diversity in the hiring process, vignettes and tips are included and emphasized throughout Dr. Lee's book. It should be read and discussed by everyone who cares about increasing diversity in a higher education environment.
Laura E. Saret, EdD
Professor of Management Emeritus
Oakton Community College
This is a relevant, up-to-date guide with a plethora of practical information from sourcing and evaluating candidates to interview questions. The appendices offer a wealth of information and the “Diversity Tips” and “Diversity Topic Index” are invaluable. This book offers a complete ‘soup to nuts’ approach that is comprehensive and just right on target. Even those who think that they are pros having led searches for years will benefit from what this book offers.
Tamara D. Spoerri, SPHR
Director of Human Resources