Become a Search Advocate (registration information)

The Search Advocate Foundations workshop series establishes a theoretical foundation of current research about implicit bias and diversity, information about the changing legal landscape in hiring, and an overview of inclusive employment principles. Using this foundation, you will begin to construct your own framework of practice, delve into specific issues that may arise at each stage of the search process, and explore various ways to head off or respond to those issues.  By the end of the final session, you will have a toolkit of practical strategies for each stage of the search process, and approaches to help you perform the advocate role effectively as part of a search committee.

You must complete all sessions within the Search Advocate Foundations workshop series to be eligible to serve as a Search Advocate. You may also complete the workshop series for professional development without serving as an advocate in the future.

Remain a Search Advocate (registration information)

To ensure quality and consistency with program recommendations, each advocate must complete three (3) units of continuing education every twelve (12) months. Options to do this include:

  • Search Advocate Foundations workshop series (3 credits)
  • Search Advocate half-day Update workshop (3 credits)
  • Search Advocate 2-hour Topics workshop (1 credit)
  • Search Advocate Community of Practice meeting (1 credit per meeting)

Search Advocates who have completed the foundations series will find additional information about meeting the continuing education requirement in the Search Advocate Community on Canvas.

" As an openly queer/transgender woman, I have a strong interest in advocating for persons with life experience that will enhance OSU's diversity beyond traditional categories such as race or age. It's important that we embrace the value of intersecting identities in our faculty culture, as many students feel marginalized and under-represented by the personal identities that faculty choose to disclose (or not). I am also mildly bipolar and I have recently been severely disabled, so I'm sensitive to the needs and challenges experienced by people with evident and hidden disabilities. I have a wide variety of technical experience in STEM, ranging from food science to power electronics to supercomputers, and so I can bring a unique perspective to the search process. "
-- Kate Schilke, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering - College of Engineering

" Tze-Yiu Yong has been a search advocate from Sept. 2017 and brings over 10 years constantly questioning and challenging ideas of inclusion, diversity and equity.  In his role managing groups of employees in corporate America he refined his skills of active listening, collaborative questioning and process rigor.  At Hewlett-Packard, he led the creation of an employee group at Hewlett-Packard focused on the diversity of age (the Young Employee Network).  These experiences contribute to his holistic approach as a Search Advocate.  At OSU, he has been in the College of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science working directly for the Department Head and currently works at the College of Science working directly for the Dean of the College.  He would be pleased to come along side you as a hiring authority or search chair to make your search process result in a successful conclusion from the point of hire thru the employee's tenure with you. "
-- Tze-Yiu Yong, Project and Events Manager
Administration - CoS - College of Science

" Being a search advocate is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.  Along with the initial training, the ongoing professional development and community of practice lunch conversations continue to raise my consciousness, not just professionally, but also personally, about ways in which we can become more welcoming and inclusive.  I’ve become more sensitive to language and actions that exclude people, even unconsciously, and more aware of my own biases. My experiences as the SA on searches have always been interesting—I’ve learned a great deal about units other than my own, and have made friends with people I otherwise would never have met. I believe that my search advocate experiences and training have made me a better person, and I am proud to be part of a university that values diversity and inclusiveness to the extent that it funds and promotes the Search Advocate program.  OSU walks the talk. "
-- Claire Cross, Dir-Summer Session
Summer Session - Extended Campus