The University’s intellectual community is defined by its faculty and other academic appointees. The Office of the Provost collaborates with deans, department chairs, and faculty search committees to support and strengthen that community, identifying and recruiting the world’s boldest thinkers and field-defining researchers, cultivating an academic environment that advances their scholarly work, and providing the resources they need to fulfill their research and ambitions.
 
President Zimmer has challenged the University to build a scholarly community comprising a mix of individuals of all backgrounds, nations, and viewpoints, who make unique contributions to our intellectual culture. This academic search policy guide is intended both to help units attract large and diverse applicant pools for every open academic position at the University, and to enable department chairs, deans, directors, and the provost to monitor the search and screening processes that preceded a request to the provost for authority to offer an academic appointment.
 
Search Materials
These materials are to aid you in conducting a thorough and compliant search that generates a broad and diverse applicant pool of excellent candidates. 
 
A step-by-step guide for units to help them conduct effective, compliant searching and screening processes.
 
This 90-minute in-person training provides actionable steps to improve faculty search processes based on learnings from research and practices developed through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program.
 
This program provides financial support to units that appoint tenure-track and School of Medicine-track faculty to build skills, practices, and processes aimed at attracting candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the academy.
 
These videos share suggestions on how to approach the search and screen process in order to attract and retain diverse, excellent individuals. 
 
Rubrics
These templates are for departments to uniformly screen and evaluate applicants. 
 
This program supports tenure track appointments for up to 20 early-career scholars demonstrating exceptional promise.
 
As part of the University's commitment to increasing the diversity of its faculty, the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program provides up to two years of funding for the highest caliber junior scholars from historically underrepresented groups. 
 
The Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation provides resources and support for new and prospective faculty and their partners to help with successful relocation to the Chicago area.
 
The University is implementing a new software platform to support the full scope of academic hiring, promotion, and activity.