Reimagining Search Committee Service | Tech & Learning


Academia strives to be an imagined community in a variety of ways. From student admissions to faculty and administrator recruitment, higher education attempts to create a diverse and idealized space. 

Search committees for various positions are a critical aspect to this dynamic, however, few faculty, administrators, students, and alumni choose to volunteer for such an opportunity, as these are often seen as a “service” responsibility. Faculty and staff also are reluctant to step up because search committees can be time-consuming, political, and can yield to unconscious bias (opens in new tab), and offer little, if any, incentives. Yet, search committees matter for shared governance and team building (opens in new tab) across departments and professions. 

Search Committee Service and DEI