Search Advocate Program


In August 2020, SPU piloted a new hiring initiative with permission from, and modeled after, Oregon State University’s Search Advocate Program. Search advocates provide guidance and support in writing job advertisements and other recruiting materials that are inclusive and designed to foster a diverse candidate pool. The advocates also work with the search committee throughout the candidate search and interview process to utilize equitable practices and raise awareness of implicit bias.

We are grateful for the participation of these faculty and staff who serve as search advocates:

  • Stephanie Armes, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy/director of internship, School of Psychology, Family, and Community
  • Tracie Delgado, associate professor of biology, College of Arts and Sciences: Division of STEM and Social Sciences
  • June Hyun, associate professor and chair of school counseling, School of Education
  • Josh Kanehen, director, Business Systems, Computer Information Systems
  • Jennifer LaBrie, director, Development Research and Information Strategy, University Advancement
  • Bo Lim, associate professor of Old Testament, School of Theology
  • Geri Mason, associate professor of economics, School of Business, Government, and Economics
  • April Middeljans, associate professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Raphael Mondesir, assistant professor of sociology, College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Chuck Strawn, dean of Students for Community Life, Office of Student Life
  • Cindy Strong, education librarian/instructor, University Library