AY2018-19 Institutional Hiring Plan

The 2018 Institutional Hiring Plan (IHP) launches tenure-track faculty searches that will be conducted in the 2018-19 academic year. It will be developed through a collaborative process that begins with our faculty, involves discussion between the provost and individual deans, and concludes with two advisory groups – the Dean’s Council and a group of senior faculty members – providing feedback on the proposed plan. The plan will detail all approved tenure-track faculty searches.

All final decisions related to the IHP are the responsibility of the provost.

Scope of the 2018 IHP

As many as 50 searches are anticipated for 2018, based on available funding. This number includes the continuation of searches from the 2017 IHP and is subject to change based on continued analysis of recurring resources.

It is expected that most new searches in the 2018 IHP will be funded at the level of assistant professor. Deans interested in hiring at the associate or full professor level will be required to work with the provost to identify resources to pay for the difference in salary

Centrally supported startup for new searches in the 2018 IHP and the cost of renovations will be a serious consideration.


  • October 13, 2017: Provost launches the 2018 IHP process, directing deans to work with their faculty to develop hiring proposals for AY2018-19.
  • October 2017 – March 2018: Deans work with faculty to generate ideas for future faculty searches. Questions about IHP processes within each school and college should be directed to the dean’s office.
  • March 9, 2018: Deadline for deans to submit school and college-level proposals to the OPAA.
  • March 12 – 30, 2018: Provost reviews proposals, meets with deans individually, and drafts proposed plan.
  • April 2 – April 20, 2018: Provost reviews proposals and proposed plan with the deans and faculty-advising group.
  • April 30 – May 4, 2018: Announcement of the 2018 IHP

In addition, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will host an opportunity for the deans to discuss collaborations across the IHP (January/February). 


The 2018 IHP process is intended to be data-driven. Proposals should be developed based on both operational metrics provided by OPAA by the end of November, and scholarship and excellence metrics as defined by the relevant unit. Diversity of the faculty and disciplines will be an important component of these metrics.

Consider the following when developing proposals:

  • Proposals that are related to negative personnel decisions will receive special consideration.
  • All units are invited to consider their ability to contribute meaningfully to the President’s Initiative in Data Science.
  • The provost will consider clusters of positions, if they are proposed by the participating deans and if the cluster clearly supports a substantial and tangible increase in the excellence of the university. 
  • Searches in areas with declining student demand are more likely to be successful in the IHP process if the research focus of the proposed position is critical to maintaining a well-established excellence in an area that remains central and relevant.
  • Generally, searches from 2017 that are not yet filled will be automatically put forward for the 2018 discussion. It will not be necessary to submit new proposals for those positions.

Evaluation Criteria

The IHP process will prioritize proposals that best fit the institution’s long-term goals for excellence, diversity, and overall institutional health. This would include:

  • Searches that leverage and expand on demonstrated research excellence.
  • Searches that will help create research excellence in new areas or areas on the cusp of excellence.
  • Growth of successful graduate programs, especially PhD programs.
  • Searches with active recruitment plans that have the potential to contribute to the diversity of the faculty and their academic disciplines.
  • Searches that can be demonstrated to support student success.

Format and Process

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will provide the dean’s offices with specific instructions on the format of the search proposals to be submitted by March 9, 2018.

Questions about the IHP may be directed to Anna Shamble (ashamble@uoregon.edu).