The Department supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the Faculty. Search Committees are appointed by the Chair after consultation with the FAC and faculty members in the specific area(s) or discipline(s). The search committee solicits applications and recommends to the Chair a slate of candidates to be invited to campus for an interview. Search committees will survey student perceptions of faculty candidates as part of the interview process. The search committee will solicit recommendations regarding the candidates from the Faculty, and selection of the candidate recommended to the Chair for appointment to the Faculty is by majority vote of the tenured and tenure-track Faculty. The search committee may also recommend its choice of candidate, if different, to the Chair. Recommendations are advisory to the Chair, who then makes a recommendation to the Dean. If the Dean concurs with the Chair, a recommendation is forwarded to the Office of the Provost. If the Chair's recommendation is different than that of the search committee and the faculty, the Chair shall inform the Dean of all recommendations and the reasons for the disagreement.