Employee Recruitment and Evaluation Processes

Filling Faculty and High-Level Staff Positions at Rural Community Colleges


This research brief analyzes the recruitment and evaluation processes used to fill faculty and high-level staff positions at five rural community colleges. First, the brief explores how human resources administrators secure applications for open faculty and high-level staff positions through job postings and advertisements. Then, the report profiles the interview and post-interview processes used to evaluate candidates at profiled institutions.

Key observations from our research

1. Human resources (HR) administrators at all profiled institutions delineate position responsibilities, minimum job qualifications, and application steps in job postings for faculty and high-level staff positions.

2. Profiled institutions publish job postings on a wide range of portals, with institutional websites and HigherEdJobs.com being the most commonly used portals.

3. HR teams at profiled institutions coordinate and train search committees for faculty and high-level staff positions, but search committees lead interviews.

4. Institution C and Institution D are the only two profiled institutions that reimburse all non-locally based faculty and high-level staff candidates for travel costs associated with on-campus interviews.

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