The Search Committee is charged with recruiting qualified applicants for the pending positions, reviewing their credentials, and recommending the most acceptable candidates for consideration. The Search Committee will determine where and how it will advertise the position. Advertisements must be posted for a minimum of 14 days. The more creative and aggressive a committee is in its recruiting efforts, the more likely it is to generate interest from a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Search Committees are encouraged to spend their time and efforts on methods (conferences, publications, listservs, and personal contacts) relevant to the position. Each committee member should save all contacts (letters, e-mails, telephone calls etc.) made during the search process.
The following resources can prove to be helpful supplements to advertising and recruiting methods used by the search committee:
- Listings of
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU),
- Traditional Women’s Colleges and Universities,
- Native American Colleges and Universities, and
- Local and State (Tennessee) Colleges and Universities
- Ads placed in professional journals, membership lists or vita bank services
- Departments and contacts at other universities offering relevant degrees
- Personal contacts to colleagues in the profession to solicit names of potential qualified candidates
- Internet resources, listservs, and/or e-mail lists
- Professional associations and conferences serving specific populations (ex. Women in Engineering or Association of Black Psychologists)
- The applicant pool from similar searches conducted by the department or other university departments recruiting similar types of positions
- Current employees
- Local and campus-based special interest commissions (Council on Interculturalism and Diversity, Commission for Women, Commission for Blacks, Commission for Disabilities, Commission for LGBT People, Employee Relations Advisory Board, Center for International Education) as well as local community-based agencies (Knoxville Area Urban League, Community Action Agency, and Tennessee Workforce and Development, particularly the Veteran Administration unit).