Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative Underway

Stony Brook University’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative is a new effort that will advance the hiring of 100 faculty members as part of the University’s SUNY 2020 plan to hire more than 250 faculty members during the next five years. It will expand teaching and research in emerging fields of study that cut across traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

The interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires are aimed at addressing society’s greatest challenges through the collaboration of natural, life and social sciences; technology; medicine; humanities; policy; business; and the arts. The positions are designated for faculty members whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary.

A review panel of 12 Distinguished SUNY Professors and Academy Members reviewed the 36 highly competitive, interdisciplinary cluster proposals received this year. The five proposals chosen to be funded were selected because they best demonstrate the following requirements, which were identified in the request for proposals:

• National and international relevance of the research field and its appropriateness for Stony Brook University
• New avenues for interaction and synergy of faculty across different fields
• Anticipated impact of the proposed hires on undergraduate and graduate education in emerging fields of study
• Strong potential for significant impact on the academic world, the state of New York and the larger community

The following five proposals were chosen to be funded in this inaugural year of the program: Behavioral Political Economy, Biomolecular Imaging, Coastal Zone Management and Engineering, Photon Science at the Joint Photon Science Institute (JPSI), and Smart Energy Technology.

Additional information on these cluster proposals can be found online.

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