Strength through Equity & Diversity (STEAD) Faculty Search Committee Workshops
What is STEAD?
The STEAD Committee is made up of trained UC Davis faculty members who provide information and advice about practices for achieving excellence, equity, and diversity in faculty recruitment at the University of California, Davis. The committee leads workshops for faculty and administrators involved in hiring. The STEAD workshop aims to identify factors that can introduce bias into the faculty recruitment process and to provide evidence-based approaches that will maximize the likelihood that excellent and diverse scholars will be identified, selected for offers and recruited onto the UC Davis faculty.
Required STEAD-certification for Members of Faculty Recruitment Committees:
All members of faculty search committees must complete STEAD certification (on Davis campus), or Enhanced Training for Faculty Search Committee Members (on Sacramento campus), before the evaluation of applicants ends. Non-UCD members and graduate students of a search committee must also be certified. Completion of this workshop must be done once every three (3) years.
Why do I need to retake STEAD certification?
Because our experience with and understanding of faculty hiring is continually evolving, faculty who wish to serve on recruitment committees are required to renew their STEAD certification every three years. The content of the STEAD sessions adapts and evolves as well, and the faculty who develop this curriculum for our campus community meet each year to reimagine and restructure their sessions to incorporate new knowledge and research, and use that information as appropriate to be relevant to contemporary recruitments.
When does STEAD certification expire?
STEAD certification expires after three academic years. For example, a faculty member who participated in STEAD or Enhanced Training for Faculty Search Committee Members on any date during the 2021-2022 academic year will retain certification through June 30, 2025.
Registration for the Enhanced Training for Faculty Search Committee Members on the Sacramento campus click here.
STEAD Committee Members
Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez - Professor of Physics (chair)
Diane Beckles - Professor of Plant Sciences
Aldrin Gomes - Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Physiology and Membrane Biology (on sabbatical through Winter 2024)
Robert Irwin - Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Mitchell H. Singer - Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Sanjeevi Sivasankar - Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dan Starr – Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dawn Sumner – Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences (on sabbatical through Winter 2024)
Cassandra Tucker - Professor of Animal Science
For Administrators with access to EMS:
Instructions for the STEAD Certification Finder is located here.
Faculty Recruitment Resources
Applicant/Candidate Evaluation Tool
- Version A (Excel file)
- Version B (Excel file)
- Application Evaluation Tool
- UC Berkeley Candidate Evaluation Tool
Resources for broadening the applicant pool (site that lists organizations, places to post jobs, and other resources by discipline, gender, and race/ethnicity)
Candidate Information/Welcome Folder: List of recommended contents
Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation (produced by ADVANCE University of Michigan)
Policies and Design Recommendations
Recruitment Design & Practice Recommendations
Academic Recruitment Guidelines: APM 500/UCD 500
•UCD 500 Exhibit C, Guidelines for Interview Questions
•Summary Chart of Legal Interview Questions Related to Protected Statuses
UCOP Guidelines for Recruitment and Retention of Faculty
Frequently-Asked Questions: Dual Career Issues
Requesting Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from applicants:
•Explanation for the practice
•Guidelines for writing a diversity statement
•UC San Diego Contributions to Diversity sites
Recommended Actions for Achieving Merit & Promotion Equity in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic
Research & Information
Bibliography of Sources Cited in and Consulted for the STEAD Workshop
Searching for Excellence & Diversity®: A Guide for Search Committee Members (handbook produced by Women In Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin)
Benefits & Challenges of Diversity in Academic Settings (brochure produced by Women In Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin)
Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions (brochure produced by Women In Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin)