Interest in the Search Advocate program has grown steadily over the last few years, especially following a September 2016 feature article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Here are several ways you can learn more about OSU's model:
In May 2017, the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium sponsored a webinar about OSU's Search Advocate program, which is available here: Search Advocates – Promoting Diversity and Mitigating Bias on University Search Committees .
We invite you to be our guest at a Search Advocate workshop series on the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon. OSU reserves a few spaces in each session for attendees from other colleges and universities. Non-OSU guests add perspectives and experiences that enrich the workshop experience for everyone -- that's why over time up to four registered guests from your institution may be able to attend the series here at no charge, subject to space availability. For currently scheduled dates and workshop descriptions, please see our professional development registration website. To explore this option, please contact Anne Gillies, Search Advocate Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-0865).
We present the OSU Search Advocate workshop series at other colleges and universities on a contract basis several times each year. If you are interested in this option, please attend the workshop series in Corvallis as our guest before you commit. This ensures that you understand the program, have experienced the workshops, and can consider how you might establish and support an ongoing community of advocates at your own institution. Should you decide to bring the workshop series to your institution, our contract office will work with your contract officer to develop a flat-rate contract that includes the presenter's travel costs plus a standard per-workshop fee.
People ask if we offer a "train-the-trainer" option. We think this is a great idea, and (depending on interest) may pursue development of such an option in the future. If you might be interested in a "train-the-trainer" and/or would like to be notified when such a program becomes available, please send email to email@example.com.