Implicit Bias Training

NIU's implicit bias training is called Achieving Excellence in Recruiting: Reducing Implicit Bias in Search Committees. This training emphasizes best practices for diversity in NIU's hiring process. It covers the following topics:

  • Key definitions related to bias and diversity.
  • The role of search committee members. 
  • The impact unconscious assumptions could have on the search process.
  • Strategies to limit or avoid implicit bias affecting a search committee.

Do I Need to Take the Training?

People on search committees for faculty and supportive professional staff (SPS) positions posted on or after Oct. 1, 2019, are required to complete the training. Search committee members must be trained annually (every 12 months).

Members of civil service search committees are not required to complete the training. However, we strongly recommended that departments follow the same practices and processes used in faculty and SPS searches.

How to Register

You can register for training by viewing our list of upcoming training sessions. Locate the session that works for you and register online.

Alternatively, a department designee can coordinate training for a committee by submitting a request to adei-training@niu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are members of SPS search committees required to complete the training?

Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, all members of SPS search committees will be required to complete the implicit bias training for searches advertised/posted on the university job board on or after Oct. 1, 2019.

When are members of faculty search committees required to complete the training?

All members of faculty search committees have been required to complete the implicit bias training since September 2018. This requirement will continue.

When are members of civil service search committees required to complete the training?

Members of civil service search committees are not currently required to complete the implicit bias training. Until the requirement for this classification goes into effect, it is strongly recommended that departments follow the same practices and processes used in faculty and SPS searches.

Where can I learn more about effective recruiting, hiring processes and guidelines for faculty, SPS and civil service positions?

Read more about best practices for recruitment and the search process. If you have any questions, contact us at affirmativeaction@niu.edu.

How should I verify if a search committee member has completed the training?

At the time the search committee is established, the department designee should send the list of proposed search committee members to adei-training@niu.edu to verify if they have completed training.

Can someone who is not an NIU employee serve on a search committee?

Yes. Departments are encouraged to include individuals with diverse perspectives on the committee. However, each member must complete implicit bias training.

What if a search committee member isn't able to attend an on-campus, in-person training?

The department designee should contact adei-training@niu.edu to discuss alternative options.

What if a search committee member is not able to attend the designated training dates?

The department designee should contact adei-training@niu.edu to discuss alternative options.

Is an online/electronic version of the training available?

Currently, an online/electronic version is not available. We recognize the value of online instruction and are working on developing an online/electronic training module.

What if a search committee member completed implicit bias training at another location?

Committee members for faculty and SPS searches are required to complete NIU's implicit bias training. This will ensure that search committee members receive consistent information and understand NIU's search committee guidelines.

How often do the search committee members need to be trained?

Committee members need to be trained annually (every 12 months).