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Submit RTS and Meet with OED


Request to Search

The Request To Search form (RTS) is to be completed within Interfolio.  The RTS is used to notify all appropriate parties that a position is open and will be filled. Information on the RTS form will be used to advertise the position and form a viable applicant pool. The RTS form includes the position description, which identifies the basic qualifications of the position. All related position announcements, advertisements, and other information disseminated about the position must mirror the wording for the job qualifications (required and desired) given on the RTS form. However, information about the University campus, the Knoxville region, and/or the department itself may be included in position and website listings without also being included in paid advertisements.

Approval of the RTS form by OED begins the advertising and recruitment phase of the search process. Position advertisements and announcements may be placed in publications immediately upon approval of the RTS form with the appropriate signatures. The date of approval by OED begins the required two (2) week minimum posting period for faculty positions. Advertising may occur prior to the required search committee meeting with OED.

Meet with OED

After the RTS is approved, the search chair must participate in a faculty search chair training session with Katrice Morgan.  Please contact Tina Smith ( to schedule a training session.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide assistance and answer questions related to the search and interview process. Under very limited circumstances, for searches conducted, this meeting can be waived, however, attendance is mandatory annually.

Note regarding Posting Period

The minimum posting period is two(2) weeks for faculty positions, external positions, and for internal positions. Requests for a reduced time period must be justified in writing.


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