November 15, 2018
Dear faculty colleagues,
Over the past few years, UT Austin has made significant progress to strengthen interdisciplinary research and scholarship across campus. For many faculty members, inter- and multidisciplinary approaches have long been part of your career and success. Through a combination of the great work already occurring in the colleges and schools, and those now reinforced through the UT Pop-Up Institutes and Bridging Barriers, our campus is experiencing considerable interdisciplinary energy.
To supplement this momentum, we are launching the Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative. It is designed to extend collaborative research and scholarship by authorizing the hiring of up to 40 new faculty members whose interdisciplinary areas of knowledge cross the boundaries of existing academic departments.
Goals and Objectives
The Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative aims to supplement departmentally-based hiring practices and norms. In essence, the initiative will facilitate interdisciplinary strategic hiring by providing full salary support for new faculty positions.
The initiative’s goals include:
- Enabling the campus to devote a critical mass of faculty to areas of knowledge that can only be addressed across existing departmental structures.
- Providing for new research and scholarship tracks and collaborative opportunities.
- Addressing difficult contemporary problems.
- Encouraging and fostering cooperation among an already strong faculty and staff research body.
- Assisting with the fulfillment of other priorities of the university, particularly increasing campus diversity.
Submit a Proposal
I encourage all faculty members to learn more about the submission process. Proposals are due Feb. 1, 2019, and final decisions will be announced on May 15, 2019.
The impact of our collective research and scholarship efforts across UT is something few institutions enjoy. This initiative is an opportunity for us to make progress in an area where we can increase our impact and leverage the enormous talent on this campus.
I look forward to reading your proposals. Thank you for the important work you do.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin