Required steps to make a regular faculty preselect hire
Most regular faculty appointments require a full search process; in rare cases a department will have the opportunity to hire a candidate of demonstrably unique qualifications that justify a preselect hire.
Preselect hires can take several forms: Some departments seek to hire a senior colleague by inviting several prospective candidates to campus for lectures; the preselect process can be used for scholars of such clear preeminence that a search is not justified; and preselects can also be Targets of Opportunity who come to light during a regular search process but who do not fit the search criteria.
To make a preselect hire, the chair or director of an academic unit should start by contacting the Dean via email. The Dean will expect a justification for making a hire outside of the normal search process. This is also the time to identify whether the proposed preselect is a Target of Opportunity or prepones a future retirement.
All preselect hires must be reviewed by the Associate Provost for Academic Development and Diversity and, if they are of tenured rank, TPAC. In addition, the President will review all regular faculty preselects. For more information see the Handbook chapter five.