From the staff development bookshelf: Filling staff development vacancies

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 6, 2011

When a position opens up for a new staff development specialist, you will likely receive applications from both internal and external candidates.

Internal candidates may be someone who is well known to members of the staff development department. In small to moderate-sized organizations, internal candidates may have worked closely with staff development specialists to unit-based projects or committees, thus creating initial impressions as to their potential as candidates.

External candidates are unknown. They are not caught up in organizational politics. They have not formed opinions and have not taken sides in internal disputes.

It is important to be as objectives as possible and do everything to facilitate the success of the new hire.

Source: Book excerpt adapted from Professional Growth in Staff Development: Strategies for New and Experienced Educators by Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN.

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