For Search Committees


To support the work of faculty search committees, the Office of Faculty Affairs offers consultation services on a wide range of essential topics in faculty recruitment and selection. Through informal discussions of examples and reflective planning documents, we share and help departments implement best practices that are now commonly used in faculty searches in the United States. These practices are designed to attract large, diverse applicant pools and ensure the use of lawful selection processes to identify candidates who can best help a department or college achieve its mission. Topics include:

Pre-Recruitment Activities

  • Conceptualizing a position to support your strategic plan and department goals
  • Developing an announcement to attract more applicants and support lawful selection
  • Contemporary alternatives to traditional application materials
  • Developing and preparing effective search committees

Recruitment - Developing the Candidate Pool

  • Contemporary strategies for advertising your position effectively
  • Informal evaluation of your past recruitment efforts to guide future steps
  • Active recruitment strategies to use before initiating a specific search

Reviewing Applicants

  • Recognizing and interrupting implicit bias and other cognitive errors in the selection process
  • Contemporary alternatives to traditional screening steps to identify suitable candidates
  • Reference calls and checks

On-Campus Interviews

  • Recommended practices in developing on-campus interview schedules 

When are consultations offered?

Consultations are available year-round. However, most topics are best addressed during the summer months through early fall, based on the timing of full-time faculty hiring processes already in place at Georgia State. The Office of Faculty Affairs suggests a minimum lead time of approximately 1-2 weeks when making your request.  

How can a department or college request a consultation?

A request for a consultation should be made by the department chair or Dean’s representative by completing the form below . Responding to the particular needs of the department or college, the Office of Faculty Affairs will share information about contemporary best practices through discussion of examples, reflective planning documents, helpful templates, and other useful online resources.

Who can benefit from a consultation?

Consultations may be helpful for a varied audience. These include faculty members playing key roles in faculty recruitment and/or strategic planning, department chairs, members of Dean’s offices who provide leadership and support for faculty recruitment and selection, and department staff supporting recruitment and selection. The most appropriate audience may vary based on the topic and the department’s and college’s needs.

  • If you would like to share any documents with us in advance to help us understand your needs (past job ad, etc.,) please upload them here.
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