Proffesor reviewing application with student

Search Process

All applications submitted for faculty (IFO bargaining unit), non-teaching faculty (MSUAASF bargaining unit) or Administration must be received through our online application system called Neogov.  Once you have submitted your application, it will be forwarded to the search committee for review. After completing review of all applications, the search committee will select candidates for interview.  The committee may choose to conduct telephone interviews prior to campus interviews.  After the conclusion of campus interviews, the committee will recommend candidates to the hiring supervisor to be considered for hire.  The hiring supervisor will make the hiring decision working in conjunction with the Director of Affirmative Action regarding any affirmative action issues.

The search process is in place to ensure that best qualified person is hired & to make sure people are not discriminated against. Search committee members have required training and representative of various unions on campus. There is a lot of protocol that must be followed but it is designed to be fair and transparent. It is not unusual for a complete search process to take 1-3 months in a best case scenario. Sometimes, the search process can stretch even longer.

A few reasons that search processes require a lot of time is that jobs must be posted for a certain number of days. For instance, unclassified positions are required to be advertised for 30 days before a search committee can begin contacting candidates for interviews. Individuals on search committees also working in their full time jobs so that can also delay search process. Candidates don’t hear back until an official hire is completed.