I recently announced the outcome of the 2014 Cluster of Excellence Faculty Hiring process and the criteria used in reviewing proposals. Out of thirty-four proposals submitted, ten were identified as the highest priority list for funding in the first round of Cluster of Excellence Faculty Hiring over the next three years. They were selected based on systematic review by three independent faculty groups: the Research Advisory Board, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Academic Leadership Team. It was agreed that these ten proposals had the highest potential for fulfilling the objectives identified for the first round of faculty hiring.
I am pleased to now share information from the cluster proposals. You will find information about the top ten priority proposals at this site: http://provost.uoregon.edu/content/2014-cluster-excellence-faculty-hiring-top-ten-proposals. With the support of the President we have set aside $1.5M to fund approximately 1-3 clusters using internal resources. We will be working with the ten top priority proposals to specify start-up costs and to seek external funding to make more of them possible.
We also include a summary listing of all thirty-four proposals submitted for review. We will be working with the other proposal writers to ensure that the most promising ideas are incorporated into other funding requests so that they might also be realized if external funding can be identified. We appreciate the effort that all faculty put into developing these proposals and realize that the criteria for this round did not privilege all worthwhile ideas that are essential to the university’s mission.
I would like to again thank all of the contributors to the process and congratulate the ten outstanding proposals chosen for high priority listing.
Senior Vice President and Provost