Academic Affairs

Guidelines for Chairs

Here is some information to keep in mind as you progress in your search:

  • Search Committee Launch:  Search committees may begin their work only after an initial meeting with the EO coordinator and Academic Affairs to discuss the search procedures, the functioning of the committee, individual responsibilities, confidentiality, record-keeping, and other EEO regulations affecting searches.
  • Administrative Assistants play a crucial role by doing such things as creating and maintaining files for each candidate, controlling access to confidential files, conducting certain correspondence with candidates, assisting in arranging interviews and campus visits, and arranging for reimbursement for expenses.  However, they do not pick up candidates from the airport.
  • Chairs need to pay attention to the expenses incurred in searches.  The expenses related to faculty searches, including advertising, conference interviews, and campus visits for multiple candidates, have significant impact on the budget, and we should make good use of that budget, striving to contain costs when possible and appropriate.  Some guidelines to keep in mind:

Advertisements

  • An ad must be placed in a nationally distributed print publication, such as the Chronicle or the department discipline journal or newsletter, in addition to any web postings. An original cut-out of the printed advertisement must be kept in search file, which is returned to Archives Manager at the end of the search.      
  • Ads must be approved by Department Chair, EO, Dean, and Provost prior to being placed.
  • Only allow approval for any re-runs of an ad on an exception basis.
  • EO Coordinator will post and remove all faculty positions on our FLC website, www.fortlewis.edu/jobs.     

Telephone/Skype/FaceTime Interviews

  • Telephone, Skype, and or Facetime interviews should be scheduled in advance, with at least a day’s notice.
  • The Committee needs to develop a set of questions to ask all candidates, and give each candidate roughly the same amount of time. 
  • Telephone, Skype, and/or Facetime interviews should be conducted by the search committee as a whole or by a sub-group of the search committee whose membership is consistent for all telephone interviews.
  • Telephone, Skype, and/or Facetime interviews should be understood as only one part of the selection process and should not be used as a single determinant of whether a candidate advances in the search process. 

Campus Visits

  • Number of candidates:
    • A maximum of three candidates for campus interviews.  Search chairs will talk with the dean and provide a hard copy of the candidate’s application documents, including CV to Provost before inviting candidates to campus.
  • Meals:
    • College will not reimburse for alcohol.
    • Expense reports must include date, candidate name and members of committee attending.
    • Schedule at least one lunch alone with the students.
    • Meals should not exceed the published per diem rate for Durango. If you desire a higher rate, then pre-approval is needed from appropriate dean or AVPAA.
  • Hotels:
    • Some local hotels offer FLC rate.  When available, using one of them should be a priority.  The college will reimburse only a single room rate.
  • Transportation:
    • A member of the search committee should pick candidates up at the airport.
    • Airport shuttle should be arranged for late night and early morning arrivals.
    • Rental cars cannot be charged to the recruitment budget.
    • Members of the search committee are responsible for transporting candidates to and from hotel.
    • Please do not ask departmental Administrative Assistants to drive candidates.
  • Airfare:
    • Administrative assistants will coordinate with the candidate and make travel arrangements at the lowest reasonable cost.
    • Only allow economy class fare to be purchased.
  • Supplies and Postage:
    • Departments will be responsible for the office supplies, stationery, and duplicating and faxing expenses.

Scheduling Campus visits:

Campus visits are challenging for all involved.  Be sure to pace the visit carefully and to explain to candidates the expectations for their visits.  A detailed interview schedule should be provided to candidates prior to arrival. All candidates must meet with the Provost (or the President if the Provost is not available) and the dean while on campus.  Be sure to check with the Academic Affairs Office and President’s Office about their availability before scheduling a campus visit.  If available schedule a meeting with the President.
All campus visits should include: 

  • A teaching demonstration. (Schedule the teaching and research presentations on different days of the two day visit.)
  • An opportunity to present and discuss research/creative work. Presentation should be publicized and open to the campus community.
  • An opportunity to speak with students alone.
  • Interviews with the dean, VPAA, and (if available) the president.
  • Time to meet people on campus both in and beyond the department, who may relate closely to the candidate’s interests or responsibilities.
  • A tour of campus (a good opportunity for a member of the committee, e.g., students, to have informal time with the candidate).
  • A tour of town and an opportunity to learn about housing and living environment if the candidate is not from the surrounding area.  A tour may be given by a local realtor who is not a family member of any of the departmental employees.

Recommendations

  • Once the committee chooses a candidate or is able to rank finalists, the chair of the committee should communicate the recommendation(s) to the Dean.