As an institution, the University of Oregon must consistently develop new and innovative ways to stay on the cutting edge of research, teaching, and engagement with the communities we serve. To do that, we need to continue to hire new faculty members who exemplify excellence, contribute to the diversity of our campus, and add to our institution’s extraordinary impact in the world. An “active” recruitment process will be significant to selecting the next generation of faculty.
Whereas basic recruitment reflects the commonly used departmental strategies of publishing position announcements in prominent publications and waiting for candidates to apply, active recruitment refers to a continuum of strategies rooted in a complex, long-term, relationship-focused approach to recruiting potential candidates for faculty positions.
Active Recruitment is the process of “generating a pool [of applicants] rather than merely tapping it” (NSF ADVANCE Michigan, 2007). Examples of active strategies include making direct contact with graduate students, faculty and key institutions, and building relationships over time.
Support for Active Recruitment
Active recruitment plans are a required component of the faculty hiring process. To encourage and assist units engaged in these efforts, the Office of the Provost provides the Fund for Active Recruitment.
The Fund for Active Recruitment provides grants of up to $2,000 to support active recruitment and outreach; foster relationships with promising potential faculty members; and build a diverse pipeline for current and anticipated searches.
Proposals for active recruitment might include:
- Direct support for searches approved through the Institutional Hiring Plan.
- Travel for a search committee member or faculty member to attend a conference to recruit competitive and diverse applicants for a search.
- Bringing promising faculty members from underrepresented areas to campus for a pre-application visit.
- Increasing the number of on-campus interviews for current searches, to ensure the best possible diversity in the finalist pool.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year. Successful applications will reflect the principles of active recruitment as discussed above.