Search Advocate Training for faculty and administrators will be offered as a pre-summit workshop on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants.
advocates are trained process experts who serve as members of search
committees to enhance the fairness, validity, and diversity of
university search and selection efforts. Using current research,
theory, and practical strategies, this workshop prepares advocates to
work with search committees from position development through
integration of the new employee. Participants learn facilitative
questioning techniques to help committee members test their
thinking, identify and address complex process concerns, improve search
validity and fairness, understand and promote diversity, and
anticipate and address potential bias risks.
search advocate program at Oregon State University begins with this
initial training, and includes a listserv with periodic newsletters, an
ongoing community of practice, update
and advanced workshops, advocate coaching, and a variety of other ad
hoc learning opportunities which contribute to meeting continuing
education requirements for advocate eligibility.
Prior to the workshop, confirmed registrants should go to the Project Implicit website and take two or more of the social identity implicit associations tests
available there. Results are confidential, and participants may choose if they wish to share them during the workshop.
Anne Gillies has directed Oregon State
University’s Search Advocate program since its inception in 2007. With
over 30 years of higher education experience, she has worked with
equity, inclusion, and diversity in faculty
recruitment and selection at Oregon State for the last 20 years. She
grew up in the Midwest and first migrated west with a “relatively fresh
BA” in English Literature in the early 1980s.
According to Anne, her interest in hiring and
employment began when she arrived in Yosemite
National Park to work as a hotel maid and was promoted on the spot to
phone reservation clerk because of her degree. She states, “They always told me
that my liberal arts degree would prepare me to do anything, but until
then I hadn’t realized exactly what that meant!”
Please read the following recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Anne Gillies and her program: “Questions to Ask to Help Create a Diverse Applicant Pool” and “How to Do a Better Job of Searching for Diversity.”