Recruitment & Hiring

Western is legally obligated and philosophically committed to conducting searches as equitably as possible, and to building excellent and diverse applicant pools for our open positions. The multiple resources identified on this page help hiring authorities and search committees do their best to fulfill Western’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in hiring. Most comprehensively, Equity and Inclusion in Hiring: Best Practices for Faculty and Professional Staff Searches, takes hiring authorities and search committee members step-by-step through the process of conducting searches for tenure-track faculty and professional staff. We encourage you to review this interactive guide before beginning a search.

For tenure-track faculty and professional staff searches, the EO Office conducts a search briefing for all search committee members before the recruitment documents are finalized and the position is advertised. Calling the EO Office to schedule this briefing as soon possible after the search committee is constituted expedites the approvals necessary to advertise the position. At the search briefing, an EO Office staff member discusses nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements relative to the particular search, offers suggestions regarding the recruitment documents as appropriate, reviews best practices, and answers questions. 


Equity and Inclusion in Hiring: Best Practices for Faculty and Professional Staff Searches

This Guide for hiring authorities and search committees offers best practices to ensure all of Western’s searches are fair and equitable and create the best possible opportunity to attract diverse applicants.  Much of this guidance is also relevant to searches for classified staff.

Best Practices: Recruiting & Retaining Faculty and Staff of Color

This document reviews good practices and strategies used at other higher education institutions that have effectively recruited and retained employees of color. It also reviews existing Western initiatives that could be enhanced to more effectively recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff.

Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide

Multiple laws prohibit asking candidates or their references about legally protected aspects of the applicant's identity. Download this guide as a refresher for people who will be interacting with job applicants.

Selected Resources for Western Washington University Employees

Western offers multiple resources for our diverse faculty and staff. Share this document, which highlights those resources, with all finalists or semi-finalists for open positions.

Recruitment Outreach Resources

Selected websites and publications to conduct targeted outreach to women and people of color for job openings.

Procedures and Forms

Descriptions of hiring procedures, and relevant e-forms, are located on the Human Resources website.

Page Updated 11.22.2017