(July 24, 2019) -- Beginning this fall, UTSA will embark on a transdisciplinary effort to bring together intellectually diverse researchers by strategically hiring clusters of 20 faculty scholars to augment existing UTSA expertise in the following areas:
This new hiring focus is an outcome of the Clustered and Connected Hiring Program (CCP), one of five complementary programs within the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative. Launched in March by UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President Kimberly Andrews Espy, this academic initiative supports the hiring of promising, accomplished and diverse faculty in key areas to help the university address society’s grand challenges and support President Eighmy’s vision for UTSA.
“Addressing today’s most significant societal challenges requires hiring strategies that connect, cluster and cut across disciplinary divides to enable true transdisciplinary innovations,” said Espy. “Our intent is to attract groups of scholars who together will add depth and expertise in specific areas who will connect the efforts of our existing faculty to enhance our competitiveness and align UTSA’s capabilities with federal, foundation and industry research opportunities.”
A broad spectrum of CCP proposals were submitted by existing UTSA faculty teams.
“Every cluster hiring proposal we received was thoughtfully undertaken and highly innovative,” acknowledged Espy. “It is truly exciting to see the collaborative and convergent research that is already happening amongst our faculty and the possibilities that exist with strategic, focused support. I have no doubt these hires will have a big impact our community.”
Twelve proposals were reviewed by a transdisciplinary research council made up of the academic deans and chaired by Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise Bernard Arulanandam. Submissions were evaluated based on many factors, including: ability to enhance national or international preeminence and campus leadership in a priority area; multi-college cross-disciplinary composition and diversity of backgrounds and perspectives; ability to increased funding to meet UT System and State goals; and ability to concretely link together existing scholarly and program capacities along with demonstrated commitment to utilizing collaborative and convergent research approaches.
“The portfolio of chosen clusters is highly transdisciplinary and aligned with areas of funding priorities at federal and philanthropic levels. Researchers from four diverse research areas are focused on outcome driven inquiries and providing solutions that influence public impact-focused research,” explained Arulanandam.
The cluster hires will be spread across two hiring cycles, with searches starting fall 2019 and hiring ending in fiscal year 2022. This tactic will allow phasing so that critical expertise or leadership gaps can be filled first, which may impact specific hires in the ensuing year.
UTSA’s Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative is composed of five complementary programs which will provide support mechanisms to academic colleges to recruit and hire some of the best and brightest minds of diverse backgrounds and experiences, providing intellectual prowess to help the university address today’s most significant challenges.
The Clustered and Connected Hiring Program builds upon past faculty cluster hiring initiatives which focused on strengthening UTSA’s expertise in cybersecurity, brain health, analytics and data sciences, and, most recently, artificial intelligence.
Learn more about UTSA’s Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative.
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The Roadrunner community and nearby residents are highly encouraged to cast their votes at UTSA, a designated early voting site for the March 3 Texas presidential primary election.H-E-B Student Union, Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
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An FBI subject matter expert will discuss the threat to U.S. technology and public sector from foreign adversaries, specific technologies sought and vectors used to illicitly obtain them, how to best safeguard intellectual property.Durango Building (DB 2.112A), Downtown Campus
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UTSA’s first Wellbeing Fair is a part of the President’s Initiative of Enriching Campus Wellbeing. UTSA is committed to the well-being of each member of the campus community and recognizes that numerous factors contribute to overall wellness: physical and mental health, diet and nutrition, physical activity, stress management and self-care, social behaviors and more. The fair will give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to participate in well-being activities, obtain well-being information and learn about available services. Participants will become more competent in making healthy decisions to take a more proactive approach in their own well-being.Paseo Principal, Student Union, Main Campus
Students are encouraged to attend to obtain important information about Spring Commencement and life after UTSA. Graduating students can order their cap and gown and other items, win prizes and capture lasting memories with fellow Roadrunners at a selfie station. Participants should take a UTSA student ID for entry.Durango Building, El Mercado Room (DB 1.208), Downtown Campus
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