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Search Processes

Information for Faculty, Academic and Administrative At-Will Searches

Faculty and Academic Searches

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Exceptions to the search process


Administrative Professional At-Will Searches


Exceptions to the search process

The University of Wyoming recognizes that there are generally three valid situations that occasionally develop that may preclude following the standard search process. Candidates for opportunities that result from such situations must meet minimum qualifications.

TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY – The University of Wyoming aspires to be one of the nation’s finest public land-grant research universities and our mission statement includes nurturing an environment that values and manifests diversity. To that end, departments may, on rare occasions, wish to request a Target of Opportunity hire.

Target of Opportunity exceptions fall under two categories:

• A qualified scholar or candidate who meets a pre-determined and pre-approved diversity objective (i.e., minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ and/or veterans)


• A distinguished scholar or uniquely outstanding candidate who meets a pre-determined research objective and an institutional need

Requests for Target of Opportunity exceptions may take place during the course of a search or at a time when no active search is being conducted. Target of Opportunity hires are subject to the availability of funding.

BUSINESS NECESSITY – A sudden death, resignation, termination, or long-term illness of an incumbent occupying a position that is both time-sensitive and critical to the institution’s mission and ability to deliver its curriculum and other programs may create an immediate and unexpected need to fill a position without advertising. Shortened advertising periods may also be considered under this category. Clarifications should be provided regarding the relevant time-sensitive and critical nature.

SPOUSAL OR DOMESTIC PARTNER CONSIDERATION – This is primarily applicable to faculty appointments and will be decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation between the appropriate academic area and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Exception Approval Process: 

  1. The appointing authority should submit a written request to the appropriate vice president or Provost.
  2. The vice-president or Provost will review the request and forward his/her decision, including supporting documentation and rationale, to the Office of Diversity and Employment Practices.
  3. The EPO will review the documentation and, in consultation with the appropriate university official, will either offer advice or concur with the decision and keep a record of the action. Prior position approval is required.
  4. A Position Request should be created by the Search Chair/Hiring Department in PeopleSoft HRMS (see instructions above). Indicate in the appropriate field that this is an exception to posting, noting the reason and the justification. The candidate’s resume/CV should be emailed to EPO will contact you to ensure that the hiring process is completed.

If you believe an exception is appropriate, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Diversity and Employment Practices to discuss the situation and any necessary documentation or paperwork.

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