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Academic Search Committee Education

Sparty statueRecruiting top, diverse faculty and academic staff is essential to achieve Michigan State University’s strategic priorities.

MSU is committed to providing an environment that fosters the values of academic excellence, innovation, inclusion, and compliance. As stewards of this institution, it is our collective responsibility to live by these commitments and take actions that align with this promise. Together we have committed to creating a top-tier, teaching and research institution by taking deliberate and meaningful action to acquire and retain exceptional talent from around the globe.  

This training is designed to ensure that recruitment and hiring for open faculty and academic staff positions will be handled in a consistent, transparent, inclusive and objective manner throughout the search process. This program provides helpful information on recruitment, evaluation, and appointment processes. It covers foundational compliance requirements, commitments to equitable hiring, and expectations for the implementation of best practices at MSU.

The goal is to raise awareness and help prepare search committees to effectively conduct inclusive and equitable searches that meet legal requirements and utilize best practices for hiring. This will ensure that search committee members have a baseline knowledge of the search process before engaging with the unit’s Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA)/hiring guide/other designated resource. This course is not intended to replace the role of the FEA/hiring guide/other designated resource in the academic search process.  

Search committee members will be notified and reminded via automated email from Ability LMS when training is required. If you are not serving on an academic search committee but would like to view the training, you can do so by logging in to Ability > extra courses > catalog search and search for the course name, “Academic Search Committee Education.”

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For questions related to this resource, please reach out to your unit’s Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) or to the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs at