Case Study: San Diego State University
Faculty recruitment, tenure, and promotion at SDSU
SDSU uses Interfolio Faculty Search and Review, Promotion & Tenure.
In 2014 San Diego State University turned to Interfolio to provide concrete outcomes for their diversity initiatives around faculty hiring, professionalize its search process, and improve labor-intensive administrative workflows. After using a paper-based system for years, leaders at San Diego State University sought to improve the institution’s faculty hiring by providing a clear and consistent interface for prospective faculty members. Knowing that Interfolio has led the field in faculty dossiers for more than a decade, SDSU welcomed the opportunity to use Interfolio’s platform to make new faculty positions known to potential applicants.
Seeking a More Equitable Process
Like many institutions, faculty hiring at SDSU is decentralized, and often takes place between offices (the HR office is separate from the equal opportunity office, which is separate from each department’s office). Now, through Interfolio Faculty Search, all parties can see job advertisement copy and search committee composition in real time, which contributes to well-informed conversations about how
to improve hiring on campus.
When choosing technology, SDSU also placed a priority on relieving some of the administrative burden that the faculty search process puts on committee members and staff. “We chose Interfolio because we wanted to streamline the process for every participant, at every stage of the process, as well as ensure an efficient and equitable process for people looking for jobs, committee members, and staff who shoulder the work of administering searches,” said Joanna Brooks, Associate Vice President of Faculty Advancement and Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Brooks’ role at SDSU is to support fair and equitable faculty processes for the institution. Interfolio’s emphasis on transparent and equitable hiring processes, as well as its tools for concrete diversity outcomes, has made it essential in SDSU’s approach.
Creating a More Diverse, Equitable Hiring Process
Interfolio Faculty Search allows San Diego State University to collect information on the diversity of their faculty applicant pool in a centralized platform through self-identification forms that are included as a requirement of each application. Built-in, compliant EEO forms have allowed SDSU to assess whether they were doing a good job of attracting the diverse faculty they wanted to hire. Interfolio’s reporting function has also helped SDSU to produce data on the diversity status of the applicant pool. Now, Brooks finds she can collect data that helps her determine which areas need attention and improvement when seeking a diverse faculty body.
User-Friendly, Quick to Start
Fast implementation and friendly support has made Faculty Search’s adoption successful at SDSU. Users have reported that the product is easy to use and that Interfolio’s Client Success team has resolved any challenges quickly. “The ease of rollout is definitely to be celebrated,” says Brooks. “It’s so user friendly that it’s minimized any kind of problems, which is unusual in terms of any kind of faculty process.”
“We chose Interfolio because we wanted to ensure an efficient and equitable process.”
Making the Move to Interfolio Review, Promotion & Tenure
“We’ve found that bureaucratic anxiety about procedural details was overshadowing the more important effort to help faculty build their careers and advance. We’re excited about moving away from the physical demands of the box and towards a more digital, accessible solution that allow us to focus on substantive conversations about promotion and tenure.”
Joanna Brooks, Associate Vice President of Faculty Advancement and Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Interfolio launched its academic-decision making platform in 2012 as a response to user feedback about the need for better systems to support shared governance and committee decisions. Today, Interfolio has grown to support the entire lifecycle of faculty activity, decisions, and data, from hiring through tenure. With the addition of system for faculty activity reporting and accreditation, Interfolio now offers the most comprehensive, user-friendly, and faculty-focused technology in higher education to over 200 clients worldwide. To learn more about what your peers are saying about Interfolio, contact firstname.lastname@example.org