The purpose of this guide is to provide relevant information and procedures to conduct effective and equitable searches for ladder‐rank faculty. The guide is organized broadly by information and tasks necessary to create a Search Plan prior to launching a search, to evaluate candidates during the search, and to complete the Search Report once a candidate (or candidates) has been selected. 

The University of California uses the system-wide online applicant tracking system AP Recruit, developed and maintained at UC Irvine, to support the academic recruitment process. For information on how to use the AP Recruit system see the AP Recruit User Guide (available at in the Academic Recruitment tab), which is updated regularly. 

The academic excellence of the University of California at Berkeley depends on the quality of our faculty and academic staff. Recruitment and selection are among the most important investments we make in the future of the University. 

The University of California Academic Personnel Manual APM 210‐1 governing faculty appointment and promotion sets forth the standard for evaluating the academic achievements of faculty. 

Superior intellectual attainment, as evidenced both in teaching and in research or other creative achievement, is an indispensable qualification for appointment or promotion to tenure positions. (APM 210‐1.d.) 

This Search Guide, along with the AP Recruit online system supports the University of California in fulfilling our academic interest in the pursuit of excellence and the legal requirement of non‐discrimination under federal and state laws. The commitment to diversity and equal opportunity recognizes that a diverse academic employee workforce enhances our academic mission of teaching, research, and service. The University also recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential for maintaining legitimacy as a public university dedicated to serving the needs of our increasingly diverse state. 

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