Faculty hiring ahead of pace to meet goals
Binghamton University is ahead of pace to meet its faculty hiring goals and reduce the student/faculty ratio, according to Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman. For the current academic year (2013-13), 46 faculty were hired, with 32 of them net new tenure-track. Coupled with the 2012-13 hiring of 47 tenure-track faculty and a net gain of 35 tenure-track faculty, the University has added 67 net new tenure-track faculty in two years, up seven from the 60 promised.
The 2013-14 new tenure-track faculty were hired in all schools and in a wide variety of disciplines, Nieman said. “In Harpur, for example, we hired faculty in the sciences and math but also in art, music, history, Africana studies, English and Judaic studies, among others.”
The hiring will continue, with 55 authorized tenure-track searches for the 2014-15 academic year; 33 of those have been allocated to Transdiciplinary Areas of Excellence. “This should allow us to have a net gain of 35 tenure-track faculty next year,” said Nieman.
“The bottom line is that we’re ahead of pace to meet our goals for faculty hiring under NYSUNY 2020,” said Nieman. “These hires are in all areas of the University and all disciplines; the quality of those we are hiring is exceptional and we are hiring at a rate that is lowering the student/faculty ratio to below 20:1.”
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