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Mar. 24, 2020 - Message from the Provost

March 24, 2020

Faculty, Academic Staff and Academic Administrative Searches During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff:

This message is intended to provide guidelines for conducting searches for faculty and staff in academic units, and academic administrative in the Division of Academic Affairs. (Note: Decisions for searching for non-academic positions will be made by the appropriate vice president.)

Requisitions and early-stage search efforts: Please proceed as normal with requisitions and early-stage search efforts, including advertising. 

Preliminary stages and semifinalists: If you have just started your search or have already started screening finalists, it’s likely you’ve done so by Zoom or other tele-conferencing options. Please proceed as normal with your screening by tele-conferencing. 

Finalists for faculty, department head/chair and staff searches positions: Searches may proceed using Zoom or other teleconferencing options unless the dean, department head or faculty have significant concerns about conducting the interview this way.  

If you are in the midst of interviewing finalists and some, but not all, of your candidates have completed their on-campus interview, you may proceed with interviewing any remaining semifinalists by Zoom or other teleconferencing options. It is important that you are transparent with the candidates and inform them of the change in interview method.

If it is deemed critical for an on-campus interview so that the university and finalist candidates have the opportunity to visit and interact with our campus, community and state, this final phase of the search may be postponed until after the spring semester concludes. Search committee chairs should communicate with finalists in such searches to let them know that the process is delayed, and they will be invited to campus when current efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are no longer needed.

College dean searches: Search committees for the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources will continue to review applications and conduct preliminary interviews through Zoom or other teleconferencing options, with the assistance of Summit Search Solutions and in consultation with President-Designate Seidel. On-campus interviews with the finalists will be postponed temporarily until current efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are no longer needed. The dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science search has been postponed until further notice.

Before proceeding with ongoing faculty and academic administrative searches, please consult the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for additional guidance. All other questions should be directed to your HR recruiter/employment partner.

Kate Miller, Provost


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