VII. Final Selection of a Candidate

Final Candidate Evaluation Review & Selection

When it comes time to evaluate candidates to make hiring recommendations, avoid an initial tendency to rank finalists. Instead evaluate all finalists adhering to previously established evaluation criteria, exercise critical thinking, and avoid inadvertently raising the bar for women and minority candidates.

Meet with department faculty and, if applicable, program faculty. Solicit written comments from faculty outside the department who were part of the interview process. Discuss candidates’ strengths and weaknesses in a systematic and consistent manner. Meet in person, not by email.

Consider whether each candidate:

  • Satisfies the requirements for the position as advertised.
  • Demonstrates the potential to be successful in the promotion and tenure review in research, teaching and service.

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