Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Search and Hiring

This guide begins with a checklist of best practices in faculty search and hiring. It is our hope that these practices will come to be incorporated into all standard faculty searches conducted at Columbia.

The list, on the following pages, also serves as an outline of this guide. Each section provides additional information on the recommended practice: why it’s important and suggestions for how to implement it.

This guide is intended to provide assistance to department chairs and search committee chairs and members engaged in hiring new faculty. It is written as a living document; in that spirit, we invite feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and what should be added.

Please address all comments and suggestions to Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Dennis A. Mitchell at