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Need convincing that work on a search committee may be one of the most important parts of your job? You could spend 40 hours of your waking life for many years with a new hire. You will be discussing hard issues and handling the aftermath of difficult choices. With the selection of a new colleague, the dynamics and culture of your workplace could be reinforced or completely changed. These thoughts may inspire fear or excitement. No matter what your emotion is when you get the chance to serve on a search committee, you will see that your work on the committee, due to the future consequences of your choice, deserves priority treatment. This article outlines issues and questions to consider in your service as a member of a search committee.


Published in: AALL Spectrum, vol. 18, no, 2 (November 2013).