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