Faculty Search Handbook Guidelines

This comprehensive Handbook is adapted for Lehigh University from a variety of institutions and adapted from the University of Michigan’s Faculty Recruitment handbook, created under the auspices of an NSF ADVANCE grant, MIT, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, the University of Minnesota, Penn State University, the University of Virginia, Rutgers University, Drexel University, Colgate, and Lehigh University College of Arts & Sciences.

For more information or additional copies of this resource, please contact the Office of Academic Diversity at 618 Brodhead Ave, 610-758-4802. The electronic version of this handbook is housed at the Academic Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement website; the Provost’s website; and the ADVANCE grant website.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Before the Search Begins
  3. Legal Issues & the Search Process
  4. Initiating the Faculty Search Process
  5. Recruiting Activities During the Search
  6. Managing Campus Visits
  7. Final Selection of a Candidate
  8. Negotiating Contracts / Offers
  9. Evaluating the Search


  1. Faculty Recruitment & Initial Appointment Checklist
  2. Faculty Employment Request Form
  3. Permission to Advertise Request Form
  4. Reason for Declining Faculty Appointment Offer Form
  5. Workshops to Support the Process
  6. Principles of Our Equitable Community Document
  7. Lehigh University’s Core Values
  8. Board of Trustees Diversity Statement
  9. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Non-Discrimination Policy
  10. Resources for Recruitment: Workshops, Publications, Organizations & Websites
  11. College & University Addresses
  12. Women & Minority Institutional Doctoral Directory
  13. Women & Minority Doctoral Award History
  14. Readings on Diversity, Gender & Faculty Recruitment
  15. Handbook References
  16. Faculty Search Resources
  17. Lehigh University Administrative Offices to Support Faculty Search
Faculty Search Handbook Guidelines PDF
View the Faculty Search Handbook Guidelines > (PDF, 2.8 MB) Updated 7-23-13