Forming the Search Committee
The BU faculty handbook says:
For the Charles River Campus:
The chair, in consultation with the full‐time faculty of the department, shall appoint at least one search committee subject to the approval of the dean drawn usually from among the full‐time faculty of the department. The committee may include members from other departments, or from outside the University. The search committee shall solicit nominations to the position and applications for it through appropriate professional channels, and it shall also accept nominations from within the University. The committee shall recruit in conformity with the requirements of affirmative action.
For the Medical Campus:
The chair, in consultation with the full‐time faculty of the department, shall appoint at least one search committee, subject to the approval of the dean, that draws at least half of its members from among the full‐time faculty of the department. The committee may include faculty from other departments, from other Schools in the University or from outside the University, as appropriate. The chair of the department shall designate one of the members to serve as committee chair.
In addition all are encouraged to build a diverse search committee. The inclusion of faculty with different research and teaching pedagogies and faculty who are from underrepresented groups in the department and/or college will give rise to diverse perspectives and new ideas that may enhance your efforts to recruit and evaluate candidates. When appropriate, one should consider inviting graduate student representatives, delegates from the academic staff, and members from external but related departments to join the search committee.