Appendix 7 Lehigh University’s Core Values

Lehigh’s Core Purpose: our fundamental reason for being

To contribute to society by the creation and dissemination of knowledge through our graduates and the knowledge we create.

In fulfilling our core purpose, we seek to:

  • develop leaders and inspire innovators through shared learning and life experiences, personal and intellectual development combined
  • promote student success
  • for students: prepare them to engage in a world community, be good and productive citizens and instill value of high standards
  • for faculty: hold high expectations for quality of scholarship and creative work
  • for staff: expect high quality in everything we do
  • for alumni: be a lifelong resource and home to our graduates

Lehigh’s Core Values: essential and enduring tenets—a small set of timeless guiding principles that require no external justification; they have intrinsic value and importance to us inside Lehigh.

  • integrity and honesty
  • equitable community
  • academic freedom
  • intellectual curiosity
  • collaboration
  • commitment to excellence
  • leadership

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