UVa CHARGE Program

U.Va. CHARGE Goals

Goal 2: Recruitment, Search and Selection

Academic Search Portal

The Portal provides faculty with best practices in conducting faculty searches, research on implicit gender bias and how to manage bias during searches, information on dual career resources, and a set of applicant and candidate evaluation tools.

Purpose: to provide a central location for best practices, research and resources related to faculty searches that supports reducing implicit gender bias on faculty search committees.

What We've Done So Far

The Portal launched in September 2014 during the Faculty Search Seminar. As of October 2014, the portal had 231 page views with 26% of viewers visiting the Dual Career page and 15% visiting the search tools. Visitors spent an average of 3:37 minutes during their visits. 59% of portal users are women and 21% are between the ages of 25-34. Also, several other universities and the Federal Reserve Board are using our portal, especially the implicit bias pages and search tools.

Faculty Search Seminars

The Faculty Search Seminar is an annual event providing workshops and training on best practices in faculty recruitment, hiring, mitigating implicit bias, search committee dynamics, and EOP requirements.


  • To support STEM/SBS departments in their commitment to making policies and practices for recruitment, hiring, and retention of women faculty reflect nationally accepted best practices
  •  To build the capacity of STEM/SBS Chairs & Deans in creating and managing more gender diverse departments

Popular Seminar workshops in the past:

  • CHARGE Recruitment Tools
  • Using the Academic Search Portal
  • Sessions with The UNH Players. The UNH Players leave the PowerPoint lecture behind as Power PLAY takes the stage for a stimulating and lively approach to tackling important issues that faculty search committees and academic departments face. Power Play fuses realistically acted scenarios with dynamic facilitation to engage an audience in difficult dialogues.

What We’ve Done So Far

  • Since 2013, 193 people have attended the Seminars
  • A follow-up survey showed 80% of 2013 seminar participants increased their ability to recognize their own implicit bias, and were more conscientious about allowing other members of the search committee to express their opinions
  • Participants of the 2014 Faculty Search seminar reported they intended:
    • to recognize their own bias during the search process (100%)
    • be conscientious about allowing other members of the search committee express their opinions (100%)
    • speak out when they witness bias (90%)
    • ensure searches are fair and unbiased by raising concerns when best practices are not followed (95%)
    • use a clear and objective rubric to evaluate candidates (85%)

Related Links

U.Va. CHARGE sponsors life-friendly Faculty Guide.

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This is an ambitious effort that will require the assistance of many! If you are interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation. Please send an email to the team at uvacharge@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.

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