IX. Evaluating the Search

Consider the factors that may have enabled a department to hire a woman, underrepresented minority or other candidates, and keep a record of good practices and successful searches for future reference.

  1. Consider the following if the applicant pool was not as large, as qualified, or as diverse as was anticipated:
    1. Could the job description have been constructed in a way that would have brought in a broader pool of candidates?
    2. Could the department have recruited more actively?
    3. Were there criteria for this position that were consistently not met by women and underrepresented candidates?
  2. Review why women, underrepresented minorities or other candidates who decline positions chose not to accept.
    1. What reasons did they offer? Consider as many factors as you can identify.
    2. Are there things that the department and/or college could do to make it more attractive to such candidates in the future?
    3. Be sure that any analysis and insight with department and college decision makers is part of future search processes.

Candidates Who Did Not Accept Offer Form

The Reason for Declining Faculty Appointment Office form was designed to assist the department/college/Provost’s Office to keep track of offers not accepted and lessons learned, so that the process can be improved in the future. The form should be completed by the person who extended and negotiated the offer with the candidates. (see Appendix 4)

Note: The forms in this document are examples only. Complete the latest online Word or PDF versions at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/forms.html.

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