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Hiring Guide


William & Mary is committed to diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action. To fulfill the university’s diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action goals, the search procedures do the following:

  • provide for transparency and consistency to render the hiring process inclusive and fair;
  • guard against conscious and unconscious discrimination or bias against any individual or group based on race, sex, or other legally protected trait;
  • seek to enhance the diversity in our workforce consistent with federal law and regulations; and

  • safeguard achievement of all of these ends through the monitoring of the process at critical junctures.  Monitoring by the Diversity & Inclusion Office and the Human Resources Office helps ensure that applicants from under-represented groups receive full and fair consideration on the basis of job-related criteria.

Before reading the hiring guide (sections are displayed on the left-hand menu), please review William & Mary's Equal Opporunity/Affirmative Action Policy Statement.

Compliance with Federal Regulations; Affirmative Action

William & Mary is required by federal law to ensure equity in all selection processes and to establish and attain affirmative action goals. Record keeping and monitoring of the procedures are required by law.  As the phrase implies, Affirmative Action requires employers (like William & Mary) to make additional efforts to recruit and employ members of groups formerly excluded and under-represented.  Please familiarize yourself with W&M’s Affirmative Action programs by reviewing the online summary of affirmative action programs.

Questions or concerns regarding our affirmative action programs and activities or accommodations for people with disabilities should be directed to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


Search committee members or interview panel members whose job requires them to work with search and selection information are to uphold the highest levels of confidentiality. Except as required by law, information about job applicants and their background or work history will not be disclosed to other individuals within the institution who are not directly involved in the search process or disclosed to individuals outside the institution. No individual will release the name of a job applicant or information about the applicant without the applicant’s consent. Should you have questions about this policy, please contact the Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity or Human Resources.