ERIC Number: ED354046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Effective Strategies in Selecting Quality Faculty.
Watts, Gordon E.
While the prospect of hiring new faculty members can cause significant apprehension for department chairpersons, a number of procedures can be employed to dramatically increase the chances of hiring a truly outstanding faculty member. The most successful searches include a series of well-defined steps moving through pre-search, search, and post-search activities. Pre-search activities include appointing a search committee and preparing the advertisement for the position. The search phase includes screening the applicants on paper; conducting reference checks, a screening interview, and the selection interview; and making the selection decision. The post-search activities include making the offer to the selected individual, and helping to make their transition to the institution as smooth as possible. While the entire process is important, the selection interview itself provides the best opportunity for assessing the potential match between the individual and the needs of the institution. The selection interview should be a structured interview based on "description behavior interviewing" and should utilize the same base questions with each candidate. Behavior description interviewing involves asking candidates to describe their behaviors in past situations related to the job expectations of the current position. Currency and longevity of the desired behaviors serve can serve as predictors of future behavior. The selection interview should also include a 20 to 30 minute teaching simulation. The candidates should teach on the same topic, and should have at least a week to prepare the simulation. Finally, the selection interviewers should ask candidates to assess an example of student performance to ensure that candidate methods and standards are consistent with those of the institution. (PAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (2nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 17-20, 1993).