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:
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.