II. Before the Search Begins

It is likely to be extremely useful for the search committee, and/or a large group in the college/ department/ program/center, to engage in a review of the national and international context, as well as the department’s or program’s own past history of searching and hiring, before beginning a new search. The department/ program/ center is more likely to be able to achieve the desired outcome if it has some understanding of factors that may have played a role in limiting past success, or fostering past achievements, in diverse recruitment.

Reviewing the Candidate Pool

  1. Use a personal approach. Outstanding potential candidates often do not apply for advertised positions; they must be contacted by a member of the search committee. The Vice Provost for Academic Diversity can assist when necessary.
  2. Contact women and underrepresented minority members who have received significant grants or professional recognition and ask for the names of promising women and underrepresented minority scholars.
  3. Identify the “pools” of qualified candidates for the field as a whole and for subfields in which you are considering hiring. Subfields pools are sometimes quite different from overall pools.
  4. Target specific individuals from diverse backgrounds whose work or contributions you admire. Post position descriptions that reflect many areas of their skills. Ask individuals for names of students they have mentored.

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