Brown requires departments and programs to conduct open searches to fill most faculty positions. In order to attract a diverse pool of the highest quality candidates, searches should be advertised nationally, and all searches must include a diversity representative who will take an active role in identifying women and minority candidates who qualify for the position. The Dean of the Faculty's office posts all open searches on the website of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.
More details on the hiring process are available in chapter five of the Handbook of Academic Administration and in this Faculty Searches and Hiring document (PDF). In addition, Brown's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offers a guide to equitable hiring practices (PDF) and may be able to suggest other ways to expand applicant pools.
Please note that students serving on faculty search committees should never have access to confidential letters of recommendation.