Good Practices Involving Faculty Hiring, Mentoring, Evaluation Processes, and Climate

Handbook for Faculty Searches and Hiring
The handbook reflects the work of the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) Committee and lays the foundation for accomplishing the University's goal of a diverse faculty of the highest caliber. It provides guidance on every phase of the faculty search and hiring process to ensure fair and consistently applied practices.

Applicant and Candidate Evaluation Forms
The applicant evaluation tool (*) is designed for reviewing applicants' files, and the candidate evaluation tool (*) is intended for job candidate evaluations following the job talk. Both templates are provided with the expectation that departments will tailor them appropriately to meet individual needs.

Positive and Problematic Practices in Faculty Recruitment
Data gathered from interview studies of individuals who turned down faculty offers, as well as new faculty hires in CoE. This data was provides information about practices that created a positive impression for job candidates as well as practices that contributed to their decisions

Frequently-Asked Questions: Dual Career Issues
FAQ designed to offer clarity to those departments who experience dual career issues.

Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation
Helpful both to experienced faculty letter-writers concerned about writing fair letters, and to new letter-writers who value some guidance in the process

Creating a Positive Departmental Climate: Principles for Best Practices
Important general principles of effective leadership

How to Help New Faculty Settle In: Common Problems and Alternative Solutions
Identifies some common difficulties, and suggests alternative approaches. In most cases, these approaches were actually offered by other new faculty members who had also directly experienced the issues.

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Tenure-track Faculty
Examines the many types and sources of assistance available and how they may be structured. Also provides detailed information on establishing and managing advising relationships, on clarifying expectations, and specific ways to help propel the advisee's career

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Research-track Faculty
The same guide, tailored to research track faculty

Frequently-Asked Questions: Retention of Science and Engineering Faculty who are Women and/or Members of Racial/Ethnic Minorities
FAQ designed to give guidance re: climate and its effect on the retention of faculty that are women and/or members of racial/ethnic minorities.

Faculty Awards and Leadership Guidelines
This resource details both the principles of an unbiased awards process and specific committee practices to employ for successful outcomes. It encourages the consideration of creative, entrepreneurial, and outreach activities in faculty evaluations and awards and provides several concrete examples of those areas outside of traditional scholarship that enhance conventional measures.

Faculty Annual Review Guidelines
Compiled by your colleagues, these guidelines derive from the current literature as well as first-hand experience and are presented as those principles specific to the process and practices identified as essential for consistent and fair annual reviews.

Faculty Annual Review Form Template *
This sample template for an annual review reporting form, was developed by the Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee in 2004. It can be modified to suit the needs of different fields.

Giving and Getting Career Advice (Mentoring)
This comprehensive guide is for those both giving and receiving career advice. For those seeking advice, it examines the many types and sources of assistance available and how they may be structured. It also offers tips on establishing yourself in your department. For those dispensing advice, the guide provides detailed information on establishing and managing advising relationships, on clarifying expectations, and specific ways to help propel the advisee's career. It also includes a useful summary of questions to ask and answer.

Third Year, Tenure, and Promotion Review Guidelines
The guidelines for this critical review process were identified by the STRIDE and FASTER committees and are presented as essential principles and practices. Designed to ensure consistency among reviewers, the guidelines cover establishing and communicating evaluation criteria, as well as the transparency and accountability inherent in the process. Issues pertaining to letters are also covered in depth.

Encouraging Bias-Free Faculty Evaluation Practices: Good Practices and Toolkit for Administrators
Toolkit that contains many of these documents, as well as information on various ADVANCE programs

* Please note: This template is provided as a Word document, to allow units to tailor it to meet individual needs. Depending on your internet browser preferences, this template may download directly to your desktop or documents/downloads folder, instead of opening in your browser window.

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