Faculty Hiring

Faculty hiring is a costly process with significant consequences for diversity, but there are many ways in which bias can influence the process. This reference list contains the latest research on faculty hiring and effective strategies to make hiring more equitable.

Search committee diversity and applicant pool representation of women and underrepresented minorities: A quasi-experimental field study.

The diversification of applicant pools constitutes an important step for broadening the participation of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in the workforce. The current study focuses on recruiting diverse applicant pools in an academic setting. We test strategies grounded in homophily theory to attract a diverse set of applicants for open faculty positions.

Reconceptualizing “merit” and “fit”: An equity-minded approach to hiring.

This chapter shows how academic hiring practices—including the beliefs, values, and biases around “merit” and “fit”—perpetuate racial inequities by leaving unexamined and unquestioned the shared, racialized assumptions that guide hiring, recruitment, screening, and evaluation. The chapter provides a framework, grounded in Bensimon’s concept of “equity-mindedness,” to redefine “merit” and “fit” in terms of racial equity and justice.

The Facade of Fit in Faculty Search Processes

Various concerns regarding the vitality and racial/ethnic composition of the academic profession have prompted new study of faculty search committees and hiring paradigms, most notably examining the term “ft” in candidate appraisals. Yet no study utilizes a candidate evaluation framework to investigate whether or not faculty members truly assess for ft, or if these assessments stife diversifcation processes, especially in light of pervasive institutional eforts to reform faculty hiring.

Nudging toward diversity: Applying behavioral design to faculty hiring

This narrative and integrative literature review synthesizes the literature on when, where, and how the faculty hiring process used in most American higher education settings operates with implicit and cognitive bias. The literature review analyzes the “four phases” of the faculty hiring process, drawing on theories from behavioral economics and social psychology.