MU-ADVANCE provided recruitment resources to both hiring
officials and job candidates to help improve the process
at Marshall. These include the Search Committee Strategies
and Guidelines brochure; the Faculty Diversity at Marshall
brochure; a university-wide subscription to HigherEdJobs.com;
the Candidates Resources page, which includes information on
working at Marshall, recreational activities in the area,
childcare and school information for dependents, etc.; and
candidate packets for on-campus interviewees.
In addition, MU-ADVANCE provided travel funds to hiring
departments to attend national conferences to promote open
positions and make connections with possible candidates.
Travel support was also provided to hiring departments for
female candidates to participate in on-campus interviews.
Understanding that candidates may be hesitant to ask certain
questions during the campus interview, MU-ADVANCE met with
candidates to chat about the area, Marshall's family-friendly
policies, and any other topic they wished to discuss. This
provided a non-threatening, safe space for interviewees.
MU-ADVANCE also encouraged the development of a interviewee-tailored
interview schedule. In other words, we stressed to hiring officials
the importance of finding out, in advance of the campus visit,
individual needs or interests that could be incorporated in the
interview, such as a visit to Multicultural Affairs, area religious
institutions, and so on.
MU-ADVANCE employed an external evaluator who helped develop an Offer Survey
to allow new hires to evaluate the recruitment process. This provided insight
to the Program on areas that needed attention and areas that were working. New
hires were able to rank their areas of importance, such as "Impression of the
Department" or "Opportunities for Research." Data from the survey has been
used to make necessary changes to the recruitment process at Marshall.