ERIC Number: ED294278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Small College Faculty Recruitment: Communication Strategies.
Switzer, Jo Young
In order to attract strong faculty members, many of whom may not realize initially the distinctive strengths of small colleges, small schools need to work hard and plan well to recruit and hire qualified faculty in communication and theatre. A search and screen process which presents an accurate and attractive picture of the small college is an important part in achieving that end. The first step in the process is a thorough consideration of the nature of the position. The department should be explicit about the duties that will be assumed by the new faculty member, and should encourage administrators to offer the most competitive salary possible. The second step, publicizing the position, is best carried out through a combination of an advertisement in at least one of the national publications with distribution of a printed flyer. The third step, the interview, is the most powerful way to convey to the candidate the distinctive attractiveness of the college. Involvement of top level administrators and/or students in the interview process stresses an institution's distinctiveness. Candidates, who are likely to assume that the publish or perish model which is active in many institutions is being followed, should be informed if a school bases tenure and promotion upon different criteria. Information highlighting the attractiveness of the living situation, academic distinctiveness, and fringe benefits should also be offered. (ARH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Schaumburg, IL, April 16-18, 1988).