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Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Search Committee Resources

Welcome to the A&S Faculty Search Committee Resources page. Here you can find links to resources and publications discussed in the A&S Faculty Search Committee Briefing that can assist you in conducting broad and equitable faculty searches to enable recruitment of a more diverse faculty in Arts & Sciences.
 
All members or chairs of A&S Faculty Search Committees for tenured or tenure-track positions are asked to attend a briefing if they have not already done so in 2016-17 or 2017-18. You may attend a scheduled briefing or request a briefing for an entire search committee or department. Briefings cover A&S demographic data, recommended best practices for equitable searches, and research on implicit bias in decision making. Please contact Susan Drange, Associate Dean, Faculty Development & Diversity at smd2195@columbia.edu to sign up. If none of the scheduled dates and times are suitable, alternative arrangements may be made. All members of the search committee should have attended a briefing prior to the committee considering applicants for interview.
 
 
Statements on the Importance of Diversity for Columbia
 
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger’s Diversity Mission Statement 
 
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Carlos J. Alonso’s Statement on Diversity
 
Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Search and Hiring
 
The Office of the Provost has published a Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Search and Hiring, available at the provost’s website here. It provides guidance and suggestions to assist you in conducting fair and equitable searches. It also presents ideas on how to help your department lay the foundation for attracting a diverse candidate pool and successfully recruiting diverse candidates.
 
A&S Instructional Appointments – Search Process
 
For more information about the Search Process for instructional appointments within A&S please see the Search Process tab.
 
Provost’s Office Funding for Faculty Recruitments from Underrepresented Groups
 
This program is designed to support Schools’ diversity plans, and to assist the University in meeting placement goals established in its affirmative action programs, by advancing the recruitment of outstanding minority and female scholars in disciplines where the availability of qualified minorities and women exceeds their representation on our faculty. The goal is that the composition of our tenured and tenure-track faculty more closely reflects the national pool of qualified candidates. The program has two elements, Standard Search Recruitments and Target-of-Opportunity Recruitments
 
For more information, please see the Requests for Proposals Web page provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.
 
Tools and Resources for Faculty Search Committees
 
Included in the Provost’s Guide to Best Practices is a Sample Candidate Evaluation Tool. It is provided as a Word document that you can customize for your search.
 
For departments and search committees interested in asking for and reviewing applicants’ Diversity Statements, here is an example of wording used in a job ad calling for a diversity statement, as well as an example of a rubric for evaluating diversity statements
 
Gender Bias Calculator
 
Use this site to assess a letter of recommendation that you have written to see which words are more typically associated with female or male gender. Based on this feedback you can decide whether or not to revise your letter.
 
Information to Share with Prospective Faculty Members
 
Columbia’s Office of Work/Life fosters the well-being of the Columbia community and its people in their pursuit of meaningful and productive academic, personal and work lives. The Office provides an introductory booklet which can be provided to candidates during the hiring process as an overview of the services and resources available to faculty members in Arts & Sciences.
 
The Office of Work/Life also offers dual career services to assist the accompanying spouses/partners of newly recruited faculty with the challenges of conducting academic and non-academic job searches in a new location. See the Faculty Recruitment and Relocation Service  page for more information. For candidates whose partner is also seeking employment in academia, resources for dual-career couples are available through the Higher Education Recruitment Committee’s Web site.
 
Resources for Confronting Implicit Bias
 
Do You Have Hidden Biases? Take the Implicit Association Test
 
The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is a test to measure unconscious bias, developed by psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington. Unlike explicit bias (which reflects the attitudes or beliefs that you endorse at a conscious level), implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control. The IAT provides a useful window into the unconscious biases in your mind. Take the Implicit Association Test, hosted by Harvard University:  https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
 
Nature Briefing Article: LGBTQ Scientists Are Still Left Out
 
Please read this article to learn more about the challenges facing LGBTQ scientists who report more negative workplace experiences than do their counterparts in other industries, or than do non-LGBTQ scientists. 
 
Benefits and Challenges of Diversity in Academic Settings
 
For further reading on the benefits and challenges of diversity in academic settings, a pamphlet produced by the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hyperlinked here.
 
REFERENCES from the Faculty Search Committee Briefing
 
Below are links to research and publications cited in the A&S Faculty Search Committee Briefing.