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Academic Searches



Ten Steps for Conducting a Standard Faculty Search


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Knoxville-area units use an on-line application system to fill vacant staff level (temporary, non-exempt, and exempt) positions. Please refer to the Human Resources website for information and instructions regarding how to apply for such positions.

Job vacancies for faculty positions and requests for exemptions follow the search process outlined here. Please feel free to contact OED at 865-974-2498 with any questions.


External (Standard) Faculty Search

Procedures for conducting external searches provide the standard method for the advertisement and recruitment of applicants for tenure track faculty, upper level administrative positions, and staff exempt positions. These searches may be conducted on a national, regional, or local scope. External searches, however, provide the best opportunities for the University to increase its workforce diversity.

Internal Search

An internal search may be appropriate when the hiring unit can identify an existing pool of qualified applicants from current UT employees (faculty and staff) to be potential applicants for the pending vacancy. The uniqueness of the position, availability of a qualified applicant pool, and past affirmative action efforts of the department will be factors considered by OED regarding approval of a request to conduct an internal search.

Upper Level Administrative Search

Upper level searches include searches conducted to fill the following types of positions: Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Vice President, Provost, Vice Provost, Associate and Assistant Vice Provost, Dean, Associate and Assistant Dean, Department Head and/or Director (when Director is equivalent to a Department Head of an academic unit). Specific requirements associated with Upper Level Administrative searches are noted throughout the manual. These requirements apply whether the search is conducted as an external or internal search.

Modified (Limited or Exempted) Search

Limited or exempted procedures may be available for the recruitment, hiring, and/or promotion of personnel for acting/interim appointments, promotions in place, non-tenure track faculty positions (lecturer, post doctoral, and/or clinical research positions), opportunity hires, coaches, restricted account positions, and limited duration appointments. Please consult with OED regarding any request for conducting a modified search.

Note: As Chief Affirmative Action Officer for the University of Tennessee, exceptions to the search guidelines may also be granted by the President of the University or by the Chancellor of the individual  campuses.