June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
New Engineering Educators
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Do’s and Don’ts for Recruiting Engineering or Technology Faculty
Recruiting new engineering or technology faculty is a time and resource intensive process. Frequently, a faculty search takes the back burner to more immediate concerns, resulting in an unsuccessful recruiting effort. This paper outlines suggestions for organizing and improving the recruiting process to enhance the likelihood of a successful search. A typical engineering or technology faculty search process is examined. The steps considered are: search committee formation, timeline development, position description, position announcement, initial screening, telephone interviews, campus visit, and position offer. Suggestions are presented to improve each step in this process. Common mistakes encountered at each phase in the recruiting process are also identified and discussed. Applying these suggestions and avoiding common errors will improve the recruiting process, making it a more positive experience for both the institution and candidates.
The process of recruiting new engineering or technology faculty is time and resource intensive. It has been suggested that the value of resources spent to recruit a new faculty member approaches their first year salary1. A factor complicating the recruiting process is that most practitioners have had little formal training or guidance and may have limited experience as well. Some large universities have developed comprehensive recruiting toolkits which go well beyond the guidelines established by the human resources departments at most institutions. Several of these toolkits are listed in the bibliography.
There are three keys to successful faculty recruiting. A department, through its search committee, articulates what it is looking for in a candidate and the timeline for finding this candidate. Members of the search committee must accept and embrace the responsibility of executing all aspects of the search process thoroughly and according to the timeline. Finally, it must be remembered that both the department and the candidates are on a search. Every contact with the candidates should leave a positive and professional impression.
Underlying this faculty recruiting process is the implicit commitment and support of the institution for funding and filling this position. It is difficult to have a successful faculty search without this institutional commitment. Therefore, the faculty search process should not begin until this commitment has been assured.
This paper examines the typical engineering or technology faculty recruiting process and identifies ways to make the process more successful. The faculty recruiting steps examined in this paper apply to recruiting faculty for traditional classroom roles as opposed to a distance learning environment. These recruiting steps are listed in Table 1.
Gumaer, J. (2009, June), Do's And Don'ts For Recruiting Engineering Or Technology Faculty Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5107
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