University of Oregon

Fund for Active Recruitment

As an institution, the University of Oregon 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 to continue to hire new faculty members who exemplify excellence, contribute to the diversity of our campus, and add to our institution’s extraordinary impact in the world. An “active” recruitment process will be significant to selecting the next generation of faculty.

Active Recruitment

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

Active recruitment plans are a required component of the faculty hiring process. To encourage and assist units engaged in these efforts, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs provides the Fund for Active Recruitment. Units with Institutional Hiring Plan-approved tenure-track faculty searches are invited to apply for up to $2,000 to support and enhance elements of the active recruitment plans identified for those searches.

In special circumstances, funding can be used to support an anticipated search (or searches).

Proposals for active recruitment might include:

  • Travel for a search committee member or faculty member to attend an academic conference to recruit competitive and diverse applicants for a search.
  • Bringing possible candidates – especially for senior faculty and/or promising faculty from underrepresented groups – to campus for a pre-application visit.
  • Increasing the number of on-campus interviews to ensure the best possible diversity in the finalist pool.

Procedures for Seeking Active Recruitment Support

Application Process

Submit the Fund for Active Recruitment Application via email to, with the subject “Fund for Active Recruitment”.

Application Review

Applications should be submitted by September 1 for priority consideration. Departments that submit applications by September 1 will be notified of decisions by September 8. Successful applications will reflect the principles of active recruitment as discussed above and in the active recruitment resources available on this website.



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