Forming The Committee

The search committee is an essential component of the recruitment process; from writing the job ad, reading and vetting applications, and conducting interviews, the search committee is the liaison between the applicants and the university. Set the tone in the committee from the start by establishing a commitment to communication and open-mindedness.

Best practices:

  • Ensure that the committee itself is diverse*
  • Anticipate common responses objections to applications**
  • Attend training to learn hands-on strategies
*For more information, see “Faculty Recruitment Toolkit” (University of Washington)
**For more information, see “Searching for Excellence and Diversity” (University of Wisconsin)



4. Does your search committee reflect gender, ethnic, and seniority diversity?

5. Search Committee Chair information:




6. Certify that all of the committee members have attended mandatory search committee training.

Race Explanations:

  • Hispanic or Latino (Persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish Culture or origin, regardless of race)
  • White (Not Hispanic or Latino) (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East)
  • Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino) (A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino)(A person having origins in any of the Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands)
  • Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino) (Persons having origins in Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam, etc)
  • American Indian / Alaskan Native (Not Hispanic or Latino) (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North or South America who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment)
  • Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latino)(All persons who identify with more than one of the above five racial/ethnic groups)

7. Identify AAA Representative  



Timetable for Search Process

Key Steps  


Search Committee Formation

Position Announcement Preparation

Posting of Advertisement/Distribution of Position Announcements

Review of Candidates

Tentative Budget: to include anticipated cost of placing ads in each journal/publication /electronic venue, postage, other costs.  Additional funds from ADVANCE may be requested on subsequent pages.

Click submit to send this information to your search committee chair and the ADVANCE program at UTRGV: