I. Introduction

Message from the Provost

The Provost’s Message to the Academic Deans and Faculty

Lehigh University strives to recruit outstanding diverse faculty members and to create an academic climate that welcomes diversity in many areas, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation. In order to be in a position to successfully recruit and retain diverse faculty, our immediate goal is threefold:

  1. To broaden our recruitment net to include a wide-range of highly qualified diverse candidates;
  2. To keep track of our recruitment efforts and outcomes so that we can assess our progress and continue to improve.
  3. To encourage the participation of faculty, Department Chairs and administrators in this important and evolving initiative.

This must be a collective effort from all of us at Lehigh to continue this institutional transformation. There are no specific numeric targets or quotas – only the important goal of broadening the search process for each of our open full-time, tenure-track positions. Having a Vice Provost for Academic Diversity in place has been helpful in providing guidance on how best to engage the entire Lehigh community in our collective efforts to continue to improve Lehigh.

This handbook is meant to help establish fair, objective, consistent, intentional and transparent procedures across the university in the search and hiring process, and to guard against disparate treatment of candidates, ensure sound selection procedures and avoid inadvertent or unlawful discrimination. It is not meant to micro manage searches or to undermine or substitute for department/program expertise and judgment.

An organized and professional search process will help ensure the best candidates, including women and underrepresented minority candidates, are attracted to Lehigh. This handbook was developed to assist Department Chairs, program directors, and search committee chairs in conducting tenure-track faculty searches. It includes guidelines for establishing the search committee, reviews the charge of the search committee, suggestions and recommendations for enriching the applicant pool, communicating with candidates, maintaining accurate records, evaluating applicants, conducting interviews, and making final recommendations for hiring.

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