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Faculty Recruitment

In accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hire only and continue to employ U.S. citizens, nationals, and aliens authorized to work for the University. The INA states that all employers, regardless of size, must verify both employment eligibility and the identity of all individuals hired after November 6, 1986.

New Hire Documents Employment Eligibility Verification and Form I-9


  • Tenured/Tenure Track positions: must be advertised nationally and for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Fixed Term Faculty positions: must be advertised locally and regionally for a minimum of 14 days. The automatic posting to the Insider Higher Education and The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) websites meets the regional requirement.
  • If the application deadline is included in the requisition, the requested posting period should be equal to the application deadline.
  • Posting periods greater than 365 days will not be approved.

Recruitment Process Overview

The University strives to create a welcoming and safe environment for all individuals. Consistent with this goal, the University will not employ individuals or appoint unpaid affiliates with prior criminal convictions or driving records (when applicable) who are determined to pose an unacceptable safety risk to the University or its employees, students and visitors.

The University’s background check process is intended to identify the presence of any such circumstances and to provide a basis for making good faith and sound determinations as to whether such matters rise to the level barring appointment. A background check must be satisfactorily completed prior to employment or appointment.

Nepotism Policy

As part of a continuing commitment to provide students and the campus with a thriving, intellectually stimulating educational environment, a gifted and diverse faculty is essential. That is why the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has had a Spousal Hiring Program. This program recognizes that success in recruitment often depends on the opportunity to facilitate appointment of an accompanying academic spouse, and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost will assist departments and colleges by providing matching funds in support of such appointments.

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In competing for talented people, each campus is expected to adhere to human resources practices that meet generally accepted ethical standards. The following regulations, adopted in 1972, and amended in 2001 amends and replaces Administrative Memorandum #6 titled Inter-campus Recruitment of Staff.

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UNC-Chapel Hill recognizes the significant benefits that derive from the use of unpaid volunteers, interns, and visiting scholars in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service as well as the importance of safely and appropriately engaging these individuals.

This policy outlines specific procedures and requirements that govern individuals who will serve in these capacities including: to whom this policy is applicable, guidelines on what these individuals may or may not do in the course of their assignment, a process by which these unpaid assignments must be requested and approved through the Office of Human Resources, and a requirement for background checks for unpaid assignments which are in excess of ten calendar days in duration and/or which involve unsupervised access to sensitive populations or sensitive facilities.

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EHRA Recruitment Web And Advertising

EHRA faculty positions are automatically posted to Inside Higher Education from data entered in the Advertisement Data section of EHRA Recruitment Web. Every effort should be made to insure that data are accurate and complete. Any other advertising sources that the unit plans to use should be indicated in this section. It is the unit’s responsibility to submit ad material to those sources.

Inside Higher Education

Insider Higher Education ( is a news and commentary Web site for people who work in higher education and includes a specific job posting component for positions in higher education.

The University purchases an annual contract with Inside Higher Education, which means that all jobs from UNC-Chapel Hill can be posted to Inside Higher Education at no charge. The following is a summary of basic information regarding this web site and its visitors based on information provided by

  • The site logged more than 340,000 unique visitors in the last 30 days.
  • Nearly 26,000 individuals are signed up to receive the free daily heading e-mail.
  • The users of Inside Higher Education are diverse: 40% are academics, 30% administrators and 20% executives.
  • Nearly 25% of web site readers are from underrepresented minorities and 50/50 split male/female.

The University’s principal representative is Samantha Smith, who can be reached at (202) 659-9208, extension 107 or via email

Diversity Recruitment Sources (PDF)

As part of a continuing commitment to provide students with a thriving, intellectually stimulating educational environment, a gifted and diverse faculty is essential. That is why the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a VITAE Hiring Program. The purpose of the program is to attract accomplished and talented new faculty members from underrepresented and other groups for tenure track or tenured appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The Policy on Qualifications of Course Instructors requires faculty members to provide official transcripts showing all graduate course credits and degrees.

Many colleges and universities participate in records clearinghouses, which provide a convenient process for ordering an official transcript.

Links to two of the most frequently used are provided below.  On their websites you will find a list of participating schools.

Information on how to order a transcript will be provided on the school’s website, typically under the Registrar’s office.

Transcripts for graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can be ordered at the following link:

Transcripts granted by foreign universities will need to be certified and/or translated.  There are a number of organizations that provide this service, including: