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ERIC Number: ED530832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Inside a Search. Commentary
Cooper, Rosie
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Lou Marinoff's article, "Inside a Search," discusses the issues college search committees face in the pursuit of qualified faculty members that will be a good fit for their institutions. More often than not, faculty searches are more complex and challenging than the featured article suggests. The economic downturn facing the nation has resulted in a growing number of diverse student bodies and a decline in resources across America's college campuses; moreover, faculty turnover is rapidly becoming a problem as baby boomers are retiring (Murray, 2010). Higher education research being conducted during this period of growth and change provides for constructive best practice recommendations to make the hiring process run more smoothly for college personnel and job candidates. The search committee is vital to the selection process as they have an obligation to understand and to apply the vision and intentions of the individual department and organizational mission to the faculty selection process (Cole, 1995). A well crafted and managed search committee can be an asset if done correctly. This commentary suggests best practices for creating a search committee and presents criteria for developing the position description in the faculty recruitment process. [This document presents a commentary on: "Inside a Search" by Lou Marinoff published in "Inside Higher Ed" August 31, 2009. "Inside a Search," its commentary, a list of suggested readings, and discussion questions are included.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education