For the second year in a row, nearly 100 new tenured and tenure-track faculty have joined the university. While many of the new faculty members are filling vacant positions, a hiring initiative announced in 2010 and continued in 2011 has created 60 new slots since then. A third phase of the hiring initiative is anticipated to add at least another 20 positions over the next year.
“UGA must remain competitive nationally on faculty hiring, and we know that other universities are making faculty hiring a top priority even in tight fiscal times,” said President Michael F. Adams in announcing the third phase of the hiring initiative last June.
Hiring faculty also is one of the foundations of UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which emphasizes building on excellence in undergraduate education, enhancing graduate and professional programs and investing in proven and emerging areas of research excellence at UGA.
“To advance the strategic plan, it is critical to prioritize the recruitment, retention and development of tenured and tenure-track faculty,” said Provost Jere Morehead. “The senior administration has made it a top priority to re-invest tuition and funding formula growth in areas that directly benefit students, most particularly the hiring of full-time faculty.”