Opportunity Appointments

Williams College faculty members have two ways of recommending new and replacement tenure-track positions. The first and most common is to request authorization for a national search open to all qualified applicants. A department or program initiates this process by submitting a request to the Committee on Appointments and Promotions and the Curricular Planning Committee (see faculty handbook). An alternative way is for a department or program to request authorization through the uncommon vehicle of an Opportunity Appointment (OA). An OA hiring request is initiated by the department or program when it finds–either on our own campus or at another institution–a person of such outstanding quality that the appointment will bring the College distinction in the areas of teaching and research, as well as service that may include a particularly significant contribution to the mentoring and advising of a diverse student body. The proposal must go to the CAP, which will judge the merits of the request, in consultation with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Curricular Planning Committee, and will make a decision whether to authorize the appointment. An OA request is approved if the College sees the hiring of this particular person as being in its strategic interest, and it has come to the view that a national search would jeopardize this hire. Please consult with the Dean of the Faculty about the details of this process.