ERIC Number: ED418742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
The Effects of Previous Search Committee Experience on Perceptions of Importance for Strategies Used to Hire Community College Faculty.
Johnston, George H.
A study was undertaken to gather information on strategies valued by faculty search committee members at a midwestern community college. In the first phase of the study, 48 statements or search strategies were developed from a review of campus documents and interviews conducted with 20 faculty experienced in the hiring process. In the second phase, 25 faculty and staff members involved in the search process were asked to rate the importance of each of the 48 strategies. The 25 participants included the college president plus 12 who had participated in 6 or more searches and 12 who had participated in fewer than 6 searches. Responses were analyzed to determine differences in the perceived importance of the strategies between the more and the less experienced faculty. The study found that the more experienced faculty ranked "communication," including such strategies as asking faculty members to identify potential candidates and making certain that candidates' visits were pleasant, as the most important factor, while this strategy was ranked fifth by the less experienced faculty. Conversely, the less experienced faculty ranked "diversity training," including enhancing diversity training programs and educating the board of trustees on the importance of diversity, as the most important strategy, while the more experienced faculty ranked diversity fifth. Strategy ratings are appended. (Contains 10 references.) (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).