Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

Search Committee Resources

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement seeks to support the equitable and inclusive recruitment and hiring practices at the University of Mississippi. The following page features information on attending Search Committee Trainings, conducting equitable faculty/staff searches, and understanding implicit bias.

For more information, please email diversity@olemiss.edu or call (662) 915-2933.

Equitable and Inclusive Search Committee Trainings


Search committees are a crucial part of our hiring process at the University of Mississippi.  As we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, it is important to ensure that our process is fair and equitable. These workshops will focus on how to diversify applicant pools, eliminate biases and potential discrimination in the evaluation of qualifications and identify missteps in the sorting and selection of potential candidates. All faculty/staff members and graduate assistants (administrative, teaching, or research) are invited to participated in this training; potential search committee chair, unit/academic leadership (deans, assistant deans, department chairs, directors, AVCs, etc.) are highly encouraged to participate.

Search Committee Training Series — Register Here

Faculty Search Committee Training Dates – Student Union 326

January 15, 2020 at 1 pm

February 13, 2019 at 1 pm

March 17, 2020 at 1 pm

April 16, 2020 at 1 pm

May 20, 2020 at 1 pm

Staff Search Committee Training Dates – Student Union 326

January 20, 2020 at 1 pm

February 18, 2019 at 1 pm

March 12, 2020 at 1 pm

April 8, 2020 at 1 pm

May 18, 2020 at 1 pm

You may also request a search committee training for your committee, department, or unit/college here.

Faculty Search Resources

6 Part Handbook of Best Practices for Faculty Searches (University of Washington ADVANCE)

Handbook for Recruiting Excellent and Diversity Faculty (Iowa State University)

Resources for Search Committees (University of North Carolina – Charlotte ADVANCE)

Handbook for Faculty Searches and Hiring (University of Michigan ADVANCE)

Understanding Bias

Implicit Bias Video Series (UCLA)

Implicit Association Test (Project Implicit)

Challenging Assumptions (PWC)

Blindspots: Broaden Perspective (PWC)

Blindspots: Overcome Stereotypes (PWC)

Enhance Objectivity (PWC)