Target of Opportunity

The recruitment of exceptional senior faculty with established records of excellence serves to further the goals expressed in the university’s academic plan. The Target of Opportunity program has been developed to allow the university to expedite the hiring process of these experienced tenured faculty.

A target of opportunity candidate is an individual whose hire would immediately and substantively increase the average quality of the faculty in a department or program, as measured by the research/creative activity standards of that unit, and would demonstrably advance the department or program’s current or developing strengths and long term goals. 

Target of opportunity hires are typically not identified through a conventional search process, but rather through the direct recruitment of truly exceptional candidates who might not even be on the job market.  A typical candidate will be eligible to arrive on campus as a full professor. 

Potential target of opportunity recruitment should be reviewed and approved by the dean of the unit and by the Office of the Provost prior to contacting potential faculty about their interest or a campus visit.

Proposal Process

Deans will use the online UO TTF Direct Hire Proposal process to propose potential hires to the provost, explaining how making offers to specific individual candidates will meet intended goals.

Successful proposals are expected to carry strong potential for making contributions in one or more of the university goal areas:

  • Enhancing academic quality: Increasing research activity, publications (articles in refereed journals, books, and chapters published in top academic presses), and national awards
  • Promoting interdisciplinary excellence
  • Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion: Addressing initiatives outlined in the Division of Equity and Inclusion’s IDEAL Framework; and/or
  • Increasing external support: Potential for sponsored research activity and new grants (within four years)

Proposals are accepted on an on-going basis via the online UO TTF Direct Hire Proposal process. Please note, the online process is hosted via (in the "Office of the Provost” section) and requires a Shibboleth login.

Notification of the provost’s decision will come through the online process. Upon approval, hiring units may explore the possibility of a hire. Following a faculty vote, preparation of an offer will follow normal approval processes (department, dean, Office of the Provost), after which the final agreement will be documented. 

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