Strategic Hiring: Aligning Personnel Decisions with Long-Term Institutional Objectives

Strategic hiring may be defined as the use of faculty recruitment to pursue the goals of an institution’s plan for progress or transformation. In light of this definition, it seems logical to ask, “Shouldn’t all the hiring that’s done at a college or university be strategic?” Certainly, all academic hiring is strategic if the recruitment of personnel aligns properly with long-term institutional objectives, but it’s possible for our hiring strategies to become even more effective if we completely reevaluate the way in which we plan for, advertise, and select potential members of the faculty. 

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