Initiated in 2007, OSU’s Search Advocate program enhances integrity, effectiveness, and diversity in the university’s hiring practices. Search advocates are OSU employees trained as process experts in search and selection. They complete a series of workshops addressing current research about diversity and cognitive bias, the changing legal landscape in hiring, inclusive employment principles, specific steps to strengthen each stage of the search process, and effective approaches to participation on search committees in the advocate role. 


Search advocates engage with search committees throughout the search and selection process, beginning with position development, and continuing through the hiring decision and integration of the new faculty or staff member into the organization.  At every stage, they serve as consultant/participants, advocating for the search process and helping committees identify practices that minimize the effects of unconscious, unintentional biases. 

Advocates promote diversity by

  • Sharing current information
  • Recommending inclusive/affirmative strategies
  • Supporting full committee and stakeholder participation
  • Consulting with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access as needed

In partnership with search chairs, search committees, and hiring officials, they affirm OSU’s high standard for excellent and inclusive search/selection practices.


Search Advocates: Mission, Principles and Priorities

Search Advocate Website

OSU-Cascades Faculty/Staff and Administrators who have been trained in Search Advocacy are (updated 9/26/17):

Stephanie Beamer/Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment 

Kathy Biles/Counseling Program Coordinator

Rachel Dudley/Admissions Advisor

Michael Gassner/Instructor

Jason Gray/Trades Maintenance Coordinator

Heather Holton/Housing Manager

Laura Kloss/Career Services Coordinator

Dennis Lynn/Senior Instructor I

Bryce Mitchell/Custodial Operations Supervisor

Julie Gess-Newsome/ Dean of Academic Affairs

Donna Harris/Teacher Counselor Education

Jane Reynolds/Director of Enrollment Services

Amelia Roberts/Campus Operations Coordinator

Angela Sanford/Accountant 1

Kelly O Smith/Associate Director of Student Success

Jordon Zardinejad/Graduate Recruiting & Program Support Coordinator