This initial phase of the faculty hiring process typically involves department/unit leaders, college deans, business managers, department recruitment coordinators, along with input and approval from the Office of the Provost.
When considering faculty positions, Human Resources (HR) encourages the hiring department to pause and consider the items in this section before replacing the same faculty or research line. A successful faculty hire builds for the future of the department. The Office of the Provost or the Faculty Recruiter are available to engage in strategic planning discussions either from a long-term department planning perspective or in envisioning a specific position or role.
Review of departmental needs:
- Where is the discipline or field of study headed?
- What specific areas of focus need to be strengthened?
- How does student demand for courses and/or research opportunities impact the needs of the department?
- Are there program growth or retraction considerations?
School/College reviews departmental proposals:
The process of identifying priorities may be school/college specific. Please confirm the requirements and steps for approval from the dean or college business manager in your college.
Clinical Faculty and Lecturers: Clinical faculty or lecturer lines are approved at the college dean level for all colleges.
Tenure Track Positions: Each school/college approves tenure track positions internally, and then submits a recruitment plan to the Provost for approval. The Provost will review requests and may approve or deny them based on their evaluation of position rank, college resources, and overall academic strategy.
Note: Typically in June a communication will be sent to all deans from the Office of the Provost requesting the faculty recruitment plans for the upcoming academic year. These requests are then reviewed and discussed with the Provost and Dean directly. Provost approval of the plan must be received before recruiting for positions.
Adjunct Faculty Positions: Hiring of adjunct faculty does not need dean or provost approval.
After receiving Provost (Tenure Track) and/or dean approval (Clinical/lecturer), reach out to the Human Resources Faculty Recruiter to discuss best practices for launching a successful faculty search, including goals, timing, and other considerations for the approved search(es).
Questions related to faculty salaries and budgets can typically be answered by the School/College business manager or Dean’s office. The business manager in the Office of the Provost is also a resource for these questions.
Adjunct hiring is handled via Letter of Appointment (LOA) actions in Bronco Hub. More information on adjunct faculty pay and the hiring process for adjunct faculty can be found here. Questions related to the adjunct hiring/LOA process can be directed to HRProcessor@boisestate.edu.
Note: HR is able to support the advertising (posting to the career site and/or HigherEd Jobs) of open adjunct positions either on a limited need or ongoing basis. To discuss a department’s adjunct needs, please reach out to the HR Faculty Recruiting Team.