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The STRIDE Committee provides information and advice about practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, well-qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, if selected for offers, recruited, retained, and promoted at the University of Michigan. The committee leads workshops for faculty and administrators involved in hiring.


The Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) offers Faculty Recruitment Workshops for faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts. These workshops provide both background information as well as concrete advice about practices that make searches more successful – for example in producing diverse candidate pools and in hiring selected candidates. These workshops are open to all faculty. 

STRIDE in the News

The STRIDE Committee was recently profiled in the University Record. The article, which can be found here, touched on STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment Workshops, the impact they have had on departmental hiring practices, and even impacts on other institutions.

Faculty Recruitment Resources

STRIDE 2023 Cross-Campus Faculty Recruitment Workshop Slides

Slides (PDF version) for the 2023 Faculty Recruitment Workshops.

Search Recommendations for Chairs and Directors

Outlines critical steps for chairs and directors to take during a faculty search process.

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.

STRIDE Recommended Readings

These are a portion of the scholarly works that the STRIDE committee has read since 2002. They have been instrumental in developing the Faculty Recruitment Workshop, as well as other workshops and resources hosted by the ADVANCE Program. They cover many topics and are an excellent resource.

Applicant and Interviewee Evaluation Tools

The applicant evaluation tool is designed for reviewing applicants’ files, and the interviewee 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.

What is a Resume Study?

“Resume studies” are an effective way to examine whether conscious or unconscious prejudice influences how
individuals are judged (evaluation bias). This resource explains two different types of resume studies and provides examples of what was learned from some specific resume studies.

Subfield Bias in Hiring

This handout includes an explanation of subfield bias and why it matters in hiring. It includes a worksheet to complete as a unit to consider subfield bias in your field.

Search is a Verb

This handout from STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment Workshop illustrates an active search process.

Managing the In-Person and Virtual Candidate Visit

This handout from STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment Workshop contains ideas and suggestions for addressing the needs of faculty candidates so that they feel welcome and are able to show us their very best, as well as suggestions for how to show them UM’s very best.

Michigan’s 2006 Proposal 2 Law and Hiring

For information from UM’s Office General Council (OGC) on how Michigan’s 2006 Proposal 2 law affects hiring of faculty and staff, please refer to the OGC web page on Proposal 2. Note that the faculty-centric questions start with “Has U-M changed its employment practices to comply with Proposal 2?” and continue for 5 questions.

An Evidence-Based Faculty Recruitment Workshop Influences Departmental Hiring Practice Perceptions among University Faculty

This paper examines two studies that test the individual- and department-level impact of a faculty recruitment workshop (FRW) on faculty attitudes toward evidence-based, equitable hiring practices.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Dual Career Issues

FAQ designed to offer clarity to those departments who experience dual career issues.

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 provides information about practices that created a positive impression for job candidates as well as practices that contributed to their decisions.

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.

Family Friendly Policies, Programs, Services and Benefits

The University of Michigan is proud to provide a comprehensive set of policies, programs, services, benefits, and resources for faculty members and their families.

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Faculty

Examines the many types and sources of assistance available to research track faculty, 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.

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.

STRIDE Committee

STRIDE Committee members are senior faculty drawn from across campus.

Samer Ali

Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies, and Comparative Literature

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Bart Bartlett


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Germine “Gigi” Awad


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Sarah Burgard

Sociology, Epidemiology and Public Policy

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Amy Hughes

Theatre & Drama

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Mike Liemohn

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

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Anthony Mora

American Culture, Program in Latina/o Studies

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Patrick Schloss

Microbiology & Immunology

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Denise Sekaquaptewa

ADVANCE Director, Psychology, LSA

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Priti Shah

Psychology, Information, Education

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Kristen Verhey

Cell and Developmental Biology

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Jamie Saville


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