MSU Faculty Search Toolkit


This toolkit is designed to assist units within Michigan State University (colleges, departments, schools) in conducting successful faculty searches. It provides guidance that supplements, but does not replace, the MSU Academic Hiring Manual.

It is essential that unit heads and all search committee chairs be thoroughly familiar with the policies and procedures described in the MSU faculty search requirements identified in the MSU Academic Hiring Manual.

The practical guidance and resources provided in this toolkit will help ensure that your unit’s faculty searches:

  • Comply with all MSU requirements relating to searches;
  • Comply with all federal and state laws;
  • Reflect the MSU core value of inclusiveness;
  • Are perceived as fair by candidates and faculty within the unit; and
  • Result in the hiring of high quality faculty members (as defined by
  • the stated requirements/qualifications for the position).

Whereas the MSU Academic Hiring Manual includes a number of requirements that must be followed when conducting faculty searches, it is expected that you modify or adapt the recommendations and tools provided in this toolkit in accordance with relevant circumstances in your unit or discipline(s).

Academic Human Resources, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3) and ADAPP-ADVANCE are prepared to assist in the recruitment and selection process. For more information, or to seek assistance with developing search strategies, tools, etc., please contact:

The MSU Faculty Search Toolkit was co-edited by Mark Roehling and Paulette Granberry Russell, with assistance from Jodi Linley. Other contributors include: Theodore Curry, Melissa McDaniels, Julie Rojewski, and Karen Woehlert.

This material is jointly provided by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, ADAPP-ADVANCE (National Science Foundation grant number 0811205), and the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost of Academic Human Resources.

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