Workshop set Nov. 6 on recruiting faculty

The second in a series of workshops in support of female STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty in colleges and universities in Central Pennsylvania is Nov. 6.

stemuplogo The workshop, Recruitment and Selection for a Diverse Faculty, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

The workshop is open to faculty, administrators, and staff from colleges and universities in Central Pennsylvania, and is intended for anyone who participates in faculty search processes, especially in STEM fields.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Zayaitz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kutztown University. Her talk is on the importance of diversity in STEM fields.

Recruitment and selection workshops provide faculty with information, advice and techniques that will help them run more effective and efficient search committees, diversify their applicant pools, their interviewed candidates, the offers they make and ultimately the new faculty they hire.

Topics during the workshop will include the importance of actively recruiting an excellent and diverse pool of candidates; raising awareness of unconscious assumptions and their influence on potential candidates; ensuring a fair and thorough review of candidates; and implementing an effective interview process.

Cost is $40 per person and online registration is available at

This workshop is based on and adapted from Searching for Excellence and Diversity,” a workshop developed by WISELI: Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Math-University Partnership for the Advancement of Academic Women in Pennsylvania (STEM-UP PA), is a collaboration among Shippensburg University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Elizabethtown College, and the Innovation Transfer Network. STEM-UP PA is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, enhancing diversity of the science and engineering workforce.