Search Committees

GENERAL PRINCIPLES
(Approved by Senate - 11 February 1986)

   1. Search Committees should include a fair number of faculty representatives;
   2. Students should be represented on search committees;
   3. Search Committees should be chaired by the administrator to whom the appointee reports;
   4. Whether or not to have an external search is the President’s decision;
   5. The process requires considerable consultation;
   6. The rights of an incumbent must be respected;
   7. The results of a review must be communicated to an incumbent in a manner sufficient to provide maximum information for a decision and opportunity for a graceful exit;
   8. Confidentiality is vital with respect to respondees’ letters, Committee consultations and deliberations, etc.;
   9. A Committee’s task is to make a decision: it gets advice from the constituency, but it is not bound by that advice;
  10. Uniformity of procedures is desirable, to the extent possible.