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Faculty Recruitment ToolKit

Faculty Recruitment Process

Human Resource Services (HRS) assists the Office of the Provost in administering Faculty recruitment and hiring processes. The HR Service Team for each area/college is available to assist with appropriate recruitment and hiring processes as well as the use of OPDRS.

Phase 1: Prepare

Familiarize yourself with WSU’s recruitment process and policies or refresh your search knowledge:
  • Faculty Recruitment Checklist: Search committee roles and responsibilities checklist
  • Search Committee Guide: Detailed roles and responsibilities guide
  • OPDRS: Access the Online Position Description & Recruitment System (OPDRS) and find navigation tools here.
  • Recruitment and Selection of Faculty Personnel: BPPM 60.11
  • Pre-Employment Inquiry Guidelines: BPPM 60.08
  • Candidate Guest Guidelines: Details on inviting guests (spouse/partner/etc.) to on-campus interviews
  • Implicit Association Test: IATs (Implicit Association Tests) are tools to demonstrate and examine conscious and unconscious divergences related to attitudes and beliefs about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other social categories
Faculty Recruitment Basics Prepare and organize your evaluation tools:

Phase 2: Advertise & Outreach

Develop and execute your outreach strategy to attract a diverse pool of qualified applicants: 

Phase 3: Screen & Interview

Use the tools below to conduct an interview that positively promotes employment opportunities at WSU:

Phase 4: Perform Reference & Background Checks

Take a deep dive into the candidate’s background by performing reference and background checks:

Phase 5: Hire & Onboard

Key Contacts

Key offices and contacts for Faculty recruitment are as follows:
  • Office of the Provost: This office has overall university responsibility for recruitment, search and selection processes for Faculty. All Faculty positions and appointments system-wide, including tenure and tenure-track, require final approval from this office. Website: provost.wsu.edu
  • Human Resource Services: HRS provides guidance and advice to Appointing Authorities, department administrators, and search committees on recruitment and hiring policies, processes, and regulations. Additionally, HRS administers and trains users on the Online Position Description & Recruitment System (OPDRS).The HR Consultant for each area/college is available to assist with appropriate recruitment and hiring processes as well as the use of OPDRS. Requests for area or college specific trainings may be directed to the HR Service Team members linked below. Website: Human Resource Representatives Website
  • International Programs: The Global Services unit of International Programs assists in the review of advertising information for tenure-track Faculty positions to ensure compliance with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements. Website: ip.wsu.edu/global-services
  • Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation: Ensures EEO/AA compliance for the university. Additionally, the OEO is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination or retaliation. The OEO provides guidance and training on employment laws, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and discrimination. Website: oeo.wsu.edu
  • ADVANCE at WSU: Seeks to develop an inclusive research institution whose Faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all—irrespective of gender. ADVANCE focuses on work/life transition points—especially those that disproportionately impact women—and any obstacles to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing an exceptional, diverse Faculty. Website: advance.wsu.edu
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