University of Oregon

Fund for Active Recruitment

Over the next ten years, the UO will replace nearly one-third of its tenured faculty. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to shape the next generation of scholars. As an institution, we must consistently develop new and innovative ways to stay on the cutting edge of research, teaching, and engagement with the communities we serve. To do that, we need new faculty members who exemplify excellence, contribute to the diversity of our campus, and add to our institution’s extraordinary impact in the world.

Active Recruitment

Significant to selecting the next generation of faculty will be an “active” recruitment process.

Whereas basic recruitment reflects the commonly used departmental strategies of publishing position announcements in prominent publications and waiting for candidates to apply, active recruitment refers to a continuum of strategies rooted in a complex, long-term, relationship-focused approach to recruiting potential candidates for faculty positions.

Active Recruitment is the process of “generating a pool [of applicants] rather than merely tapping it” (NSF ADVANCE Michigan, 2007). The active strategies include making direct contact with graduate students, faculty and key institutions, and building relationships over time.

A video introduction to active recruitment can be found in the video resources section.

In addition, related information and research-based best practices can be found in the faculty recruitment section.

Support for Active Recruitment

To encourage and assist units engaged in active recruitment efforts, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs provides the Fund for Active Recruitment. Units are invited to apply for up to $2,000 in matching funds to support an active recruitment initiative. Funding can be used to support a current or anticipated search (or searches).

Proposals for active recruitment might include:

  • Funding for a search committee member’s or faculty member’s travel to attend an academic conference to meet with graduate directors or heads of departments likely to produce competitive and diverse candidates for an anticipated search.
  • Funds to organize symposia at the UO that are likely to attract potential candidates in advance of a faculty search.
  • Support for visiting positions or postdoctoral fellowships in advance of a faculty search.
  • Funding to support travel to a university that is identified as graduating large numbers of individuals from underrepresented groups with expertise in an area of anticipated future faculty searches.

Procedures for Seeking Active Recruitment Support

Application Process

Submit the Fund for Active Recruitment Application, addressed to Doug Blandy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Application Review

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Awards are determined and distributed as long as funding is available.

Applications will be reviewed by the Academic Affairs Diversity Planning Group based on the principles of active recruitment as discussed above and in the Active Recruitment resources available on this website.


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