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The American Academy of Religion, its Academic Relations Task Force, and the Academic Relations Program will be conducting a workshop, Running a Successful Faculty Search during the Annual Meetings of the AAR and the SBL in Toronto (Friday, November 22, 2002 from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Fairmont Royal York hotel). Chairs or members of search committees, faculty being developed to assume leadership responsibilities, and Deans will be interested in attending this Workshop. Chairs might consider bringing a team of faculty or send a designated faculty person to the workshop.

The day will be spent with colleagues in religion and theology working with two nationally recognized scholars who have published and spoken widely on hiring faculty, teaching, and faculty development. Baron Perlman and Lee McCann, both of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, have presented workshops on faculty recruiting and teaching portfolio development at various campuses nationally, as well as at national and regional conferences.

Hiring good colleagues has never been more important. Recruitment requires the diligence of a coal miner, however, and the patience of a saint. This workshop focuses on recruiting faculty who are a good fit with a department and institution, and who have the potential to be good teachers. Emphasis will be placed on practical information, with exercises for participants.

The workshop will begin by looking inward to assess each department's needs. After an introduction to planning, techniques will be provided for gathering the information necessary to hire and retain good colleagues and teachers.

At lunch, workshop participants will break into groups by institutional type and discuss issues unique to religion departments.

After lunch, the workshop focus will turn outward, to the search process and issues specific to successful recruitment. Participants will leave the workshop with both a draft job advertisement and a complete job description.

The workshop will address:

- The educational context for recruiting: recruiting in higher education

- Ethical guidelines in recruiting

- Planning: taking stock and looking ahead

- Good teaching and scholarship: the unique nature of your position

- Recognizing good teaching

- The teaching portfolio

- Evaluating scholarship

- The search: organizing the search committee and getting started

- Developing a pool of candidates

- Screening candidates and selecting semi-finalists

- Identifying final candidates and selecting campus visitors

- The campus visit

- Concluding the search: hiring, reopening, or closing

- Retaining your new hire

Baron Perlman received his B.A. from Lawrence University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1974. He is a Rosebush and University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a University Distinguished Teacher, and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association's Society For the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2). He has a long-standing interest and involvement in faculty development, chaired the university's Faculty Development Board and was a Mentoring Committee member. He is co-author of three books: The Academic Intrapreneur (with Jim Gueths and Don Weber: Praeger, 1988); Organizational Entrepreneurship (with Jeffrey R. Cornwall: Irwin, 1990), and Recruiting Good College Faculty: Practical Advice for a Successful Search (with Lee McCann. Anker, 1996). He is editor of the Teaching Tips column in the APS Observer. The columns appear in Lessons Learned: Practical Advice for the Teaching of Psychology (Perlman, McCann, & McFadden, eds. American Psychological Society, 1999).

Lee I. McCann received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Iowa State University. He is a Professor of Psychology and Edward Rudoy Endowed Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he has served as Department Chair and Associate Vice Chancellor. Dr. McCann is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is a consulting editor for the journal, Teaching of Psychology, and is a co-editor (with Baron Perlman and Susan McFadden) of Lessons Learned: Practical Advice for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Society, 1999), and the Teaching Tips column in the American Psychological Society Observer. He is co-author (with Baron Perlman) of Recruiting Good College Faculty: Practical Advice for a Successful Search (Anker, 1996), and has served on numerous administrative and faculty search committees.

All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the speakers' hard cover book, Recruiting Good College Faculty: Practical Advice for a Successful Search (Anker, 1996). Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. For further information on this workshop, go to:

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