University policy ACAF 1.00 Recruitment and Appointment of Tenure, Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty defines the faculty search policy, including hiring authority. Additional information specific to the recruitment of academic administrators is found in ACAF 1.01 Recruitment and Appointment of Academic Administrators.
The initial step in faculty recruitment is Provost Office and Budget Office approval of the FTE request. This request will include anticipated search and hire dates, as well as rank, track, and other information about the position. Once approved, the hiring authority can authorize advertisement of the position in print and online venues. The hiring authority selects the search committee and defines the scope of the search.
The university seeks to promote faculty diversity and equal opportunity by making every effort to provide a scholarly and educational environment that is welcoming, challenging and supportive of all participants, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, genetics, national origin, religion or political perspective. The Strengthening Academic Excellence Through Affirmative Recruiting [pdf] guide serves as a reference for search committees and other individuals responsible for academic recruitment and selection. Its intent is to provide guidance and assistance to those involved in the academic hiring process. The affirmative action recruiting sources manual [pdf] lists helpful program and association contacts for recruiting. Every search committee much have an Equity and Diversity Advocate.