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The College of Liberal Arts is strongly committed to personnel policies that apply equally and fairly to all prospective and incumbent students and staff. Individuals are selected for admission to programs, for employment, and for advancement based upon personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. No one is excluded from participation or promotion for reasons relating to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic identity or gender expression, handicap, disability, or status as a veteran. If you believe this policy has been violated, report your concern to your department head or to Associate Dean Wei Hong in the CLA Dean’s Office.
The selection of tenure-track, clinical, and research faculty is an important function for all academic departments. The first step is to gain the dean’s authorization for a search. In some departments, search committees define the position; in others, individual sections develop the job description; and in others, the entire faculty decides on the nature of the position to be filled. Search committees place the advertisement, screen and respond to applicants, and conduct interviews. Department members meet with prospective applicants, attend presentations, provide feedback, and in many departments, vote on applicants to whom offers will be extended. Department heads formally extend offers on behalf of the dean of the college, negotiate salaries, and establish the terms of the appointment. University and college affirmative action procedures must be followed (to be discussed later in this section) and several University documents, including the Faculty and Staff Handbook must be given to new employees.
In the case of a vacancy in the department headship, a full national search may be undertaken assuming availability of funds. Internal candidates may be nominated and/or apply as part of the national search. However, due to budget constraints, department head searches may be limited to internal applicants only.
Appointment of continuing lecturers also requires a national or regional search; however, appointment of non- ladder rank faculty (visiting, limited term lecturers, and post doctoral research associates) does not require the same affirmative action or search procedures as is required for tenured and tenure track faculty or continuing lecturers.
Since May, 2011, Purdue has required background checks on all new faculty and staff hires, click here for the background check policy.