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Search Committee Training and Tools

University Human Resources, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for University Accessibility, and the office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance have partnered to address the university's approach to recruitment, selection, and retention of faculty and staff. Some outcomes of this partnership include the policy and Guidelines for Recruitment and Selection of Faculty and Staff [PDF], OHIO Search Committee Trainings, and a robust accompanying toolkit all of which are designed to promote consistent, compliant searches in line with best practices in diversity, access, and inclusion.

OHIO Search Committee Training

Training requirements are outlined in the Guidelines for Recruitment and Selection of Faculty and Staff [PDF]. Certification for any completed training is good for a period of two years. University Human Resources offers regularly scheduled central sessions of both OHIO Search Committee Training and the Diversity Advocate Workshop and additional sessions may be available upon request. For information about each session, please see the session descriptions below. To request an ad hoc session of any training module, please contact Cat Russell at russelc4@ohio.edu.

Preparing for the Search

This self-paced eLearn is required for all search committee chairs and hiring managers. The training focuses on establishing inclusive search committees, writing inclusive job descriptions, and creating inclusive recruitment plans as well understanding the impact of bias in these early stages of the search process. Those interested in participating in this course may register online.

Candidate Evaluation and Selection

This two-hour course is required for all search committee chairs and members. The course focuses on creating inclusive, consistent, and compliant candidate evaluation and selection processes and discusses the impact of bias during the later stages of the search process. Those interested in participating in this course may register for upcoming, centrally-offered sessions here.

Diversity Advocate Workshop

This interactive 90-minute workshop is required for all volunteer Diversity Advocates and provides participants with an opportunity to combine the knowledge gained from OHIO Search Committee Training with evidence-based bystander intervention techniques. The aim of this workshop is to ensure that participants are comfortable intervening in, leading, or supporting conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion throughout search processes.

This course’s learning objectives represent the skills that participants will practice in this workshop and then use to support OHIO’s Search Committee process, and thus it is strongly encouraged that participants have attended OHIO Search Committee Training within the past six months, but the workshop is open to all interested. Those interested in participating in this course may register for upcoming, centrally-offered sessions here.

Monthly Newsletter and Lunch and Learn Series

All past participants of OHIO Search Committee Training will receive a monthly newsletter, Continuing The Conversation, which shares relevant tools, articles, and case studies to build upon the foundational pillars of the training.

All past participants are also welcome to attend our monthly lunch and learn series which also aims to dive deeper into topics introduced in OHIO Search Committee Training. Whenever possible, lunch and learns include remote participation opportunities and/or are recorded. Past sessions have addressed a wide variety of topics including impact of flex policies on recruitment and retention, mock interviewing, understanding "fit" as coded language in the interviewing process, and more. Recordings of additional select sessions are available via the links below:

Search Firms

Search firms are traditionally only utilized for executive level positions. However, under special circumstances, units may seek to explore utilization of search firms for particularly unique or hard to fill positions. Please contact your HR Liaison or Nick Wortman, Director of HR Services at wortmann@ohio.edu for more information and guidance.


A variety of tools are available to assist those involved at various stages of the search process such as guides to behavioral interviewing and creating well-rounded, inclusive postings. Additional tools such as sample candidate evaluation matrices and handouts regarding interviewing legalities are available to attendees of OHIO Search Committee Training (see above for information). For step-by-step information regarding the hiring process, please visit the Staff and Faculty Hiring Process web page.