When employees at BYU-Idaho are hired, there is a thorough behind-the-scenes process that takes place to ensure the university hires the best qualified candidates. Faculty members are selected to be not only teachers, but also serve as mentors to students from all over the world. Human Resource Administrator Beth Baldwin is fortunate enough to participate in the hiring process.
“Faculty members have a very special role in the learning and development of students,” Baldwin said. “Not only do they teach specific content in their field of expertise, but they act as mentors who help students become disciples of Jesus Christ.”
The application process for full-time faculty positions can take six to nine months of contemplating, reviewing, and finally deciding who is the best candidate for the position.
The process begins by listing the job posting. The listings can be found at employment.byui.net and in the weekly BYU-Idaho Advisory emails sent on Monday mornings. By checking the employment job board periodically and sharing it with family and friends, employees can help the university fill its openings with qualified candidates.
BYU-Idaho takes pride in the people they hire to teach at this university, and referrals are a key factor in how people are brought here. According to Baldwin, many highly qualified applicants find out about the job from current employees.
“Word of mouth is really critical to our hiring efforts. We try to bring attention to current employees and current students about the job openings because it is such an important part of our network to communicate about openings and opportunities,” Baldwin stated.
It was because of networking and word of mouth that Josh Hobbs, a faculty member in the Department of Art, found his place at BYU-Idaho. Hobbs had been teaching in Rexburg at Madison Jr. High when a friend of his told him about a job posting at BYU-Idaho. Hobbs was also working with David Belka, another art faculty member, to mentor pre-service art teachers in a practicum in his classroom. Belka suggested that Hobbs consider applying for the open position on campus.
“I thought I might as well apply to get the experience of going through that interview and hiring process at a higher education setting,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs was selected for the position about six months later and is starting his first semester teaching at BYU-Idaho this fall.
In other cases, like for Masaru Okuda, a faculty member in the CIT Department, some faculty find their way to BYU-Idaho through personal inspiration alone.
Okuda had been teaching at another institution in Kentucky and serving as a stake president at the time. During his seventh year as a stake president, he felt that he should check BYU-Idaho’s website for job openings. Okuda was able to apply, and after many months of going through the application process, he was thoughtfully extended a position in the CIT Department. Okuda got released from his calling as stake president and started teaching at BYU-Idaho in Fall 2018.
“I am called to come here,” Okuda said.
Employees and faculty members are encouraged to check the BYU-Idaho employment page often and share the postings with friends and family. On the employment.byui.net website, there is an interest card feature that allows notification emails to be sent to your email and inform you about new openings in specific areas of interest. This can help to avoid missing openings that one might be interested in for themselves or for making referrals to someone they know. Job openings can be found at employment.byui.net. The following page also lists the current faculty positions that are available for the anticipated Fall 2020 start date.
- Health Services
- Civil Engineering
- Languages & International Studies
- Teacher Education
- History and International Studies
- Finance (Supply Management)
- Animal and Food Science
- Computer Science