LSA Policy - Faculty Search Candidate Campus Visit Funding

(Updated May 2, 2013)

The College’s historic commitment to diversity requires that our departments identify candidates that:

  • Come from an educational, cultural, geographic, linguistic or socioeconomic background that is underrepresented in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, personal or civic realm through their research interests, work or life experience, volunteer engagement or leadership of student or community organizations as evidenced in materials submitted in the application for the position.

Candidates meeting these criteria should be identified when requesting permission to schedule candidate interviews.

To facilitate recruitment efforts, LSA will provide $1,750 per candidate, up to a maximum of six candidates, for each year of an authorized active search. In order to qualify for funding for 6 candidates, departments must conduct an open search and must attract applications from at least 55 applicants. For searches that attract fewer applications, the campus visit expenses for a maximum of 10% of the applicants will be funded by the College. The maximum funding for a field-specific search is 2 candidates.

In addition, to qualify for the maximum funding, departments must meet the following conditions:

  1. Demonstrate a good-faith effort to obtain demographic data for applicants. The College-wide response rate for demographic data is over 50%, and almost all searches get at least 25% response rate. Lower response rates will require explanation.
  2. Recruit an applicant pool that generally reflects the demographics of the Ph.D. degrees that are granted in the relevant field(s). Failure to recruit a generally representative applicant pool will require explanation.
  3. Propose an interview list which reflects the demographics of the applicant pool. Failure to propose a generally representative interview list will require explanation.

Failure to meet the College’s expectations, as described above, could lead to a re-opening of that stage of the search unless the College determines that the committee’s explanation is sufficient to explain the deviation from the College’s expectations.

LSA will also provide $2,730 for one candidate to return to campus for a second visit for each year of an authorized active search.

Person-Specific Recruitment:
Units may be reimbursed $1,750 for person-specific search visits (max 2 per year) with prior approval from their Associate Dean. It should be noted that serial visits for the same position indicate that the nature of the position is no longer person-specific and would therefore not qualify for the aforementioned reimbursement.

The above policy for authorized open faculty positions also applies to approved Lecturer III and IV searches. The maximum reimbursement amount per year is $1,250 per candidate for a maximum of two candidates and is intended to support travel and associated visit costs.

LSA Faculty Pool Composition Report:
The LSA Faculty Pool Composition Report is the form used to obtain approval to bring faculty and lecturer candidates to campus. A copy of the pool report, approved by the appropriate Divisional Associate Dean, will be provided to LSA Finance as supporting documentation of authorized campus visits. LSA Finance will use accumulated Pool Reports to reimburse departments for faculty visits annually in the month of June.

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