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Search Advocate Research

The WSU Search Advocate Program and materials are adapted from the Oregon State University Search Advocate Program and Training. The research below helped inform WSU’s decision to form the Search Advocate Program. The research includes studies on the importance of these programs, as well as best practices for implementation and longevity. 

The majority of these studies focus on the increase of representation at the faculty level. However, we believe the impact on representation at all levels within every field on campus will positively impact Weber State’s culture, values and legacy.

Search Advocate References

6 best practices to creating inclusive and equitable interview processes: Harvard Business School, (n.d.).

Affect heuristic. The Decision Lab, (n.d.).

13 common hiring biases to watch out for: Harver, (2020, November 13).

Anchoring bias. The Decision Lab, (n.d.).

Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people. BANTAM, (2016).

Bias and hiring: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (2021, April 27).

How to write more inclusive job descriptions: The Muse, (n.d.).

From science to practice: Seven principles for conducting employment. Appl. HRM Res, (2010).

If there's only one woman in your candidate pool, there's statistically no chance she'll be hired: Harvard Business Review, (2019, February 7).

How to do a better job of searching for diversity: Chronicle of Higher Education, (2020, July 22).

Position descriptions and job posting guidelines: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (2020, July 30).

Before starting a faculty search, take a good look at the search committee: Chronicle of Higher Education, (2020, July 23)

What is conformity bias and how does it affect recruitment: Applied, (n.d.).

Why women don't apply for jobs unless they're 100% qualified: Harvard Business Review, (2021, November 2).