Finding outstanding new colleagues is among the most important things we can do for the future of Kalamazoo College. A faculty search may determine the curricular future of programs for the next 30 or more years. This document presents best practices for a process that allows the Search Committee to make recommendations based upon a clear understanding of search criteria and a thorough understanding of applicant qualifications. Our common interest in both the fairness of the search and in the wellbeing of the institution is advanced by the care to which the Provost and each member of the search committee adhere to these best practices.
The very best potential candidates will have to be discovered and courted if the quality of our faculty is to be maintained. Teachers and scholars who contribute to our campus’ diversity are in especially short supply and, further, may not normally apply for a position at a college like Kalamazoo without special encouragement. It is therefore crucial for us to act positively, pro-actively, affirmatively, to find outstanding faculty.
Searches are not only a critical element in the renewal of the faculty, but they also reflect upon the quality and reputation of Kalamazoo College. We should never forget that we are selling ourselves as much as we are interviewing potential colleagues when we seek new colleagues and bring candidates to campus for interviews. Therefore, all aspects of a search must be done in an informed, caring manner that not only brings us the best possible colleagues, but also treats all applicants legally, ethically, and courteously. Although by no means exhaustive, this document is intended to further those ends.
In the description of the procedures that follows, all persons who apply for the position are called applicants. A select number of persons invited to campus become candidates for the position. The finalist is the one offered the position. Consistent use of these terms throughout the search process, especially in contacts with applicants and in other written communications, is desirable.