Second Round Call for Proposals: 2013-14

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the second round call for proposals as part of Stony Brook University’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative. This exciting initiative, launched by President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. and Provost Dennis N. Assanis in 2012, is undertaken with the goal to expand teaching and research in emerging fields of study that cut across traditional boundaries of academic disciplines by hiring 100 faculty members by 2016. The goals of the initiative are to strategically place Stony Brook University (SBU) on the emerging frontiers of research and knowledge and to enhance our ability to shape new fields of discovery, learning and engagement. As a result of the first round of this initiative, five clusters with a total of 26 faculty have been initiated; more details may be found at the Provost webpage.

All Schools and Colleges of Stony Brook University are eligible to submit proposals in response to the second round call for proposals. Collaborations with participating departments from Stony Brook Medicine Schools and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) are welcome with the understanding that appropriate resources for appointments are made available through the collaborating units. There is no limit to the number of proposals a school or college can submit. Interested faculty members should coordinate with their department chair/dean and receive written approval on space and college/school/department budget commitments prior to proposal submission to the Office of the Provost.

A proposal may request junior faculty positions (in cases where there is an established senior leader for this cluster on campus) or a combination involving one senior hire and an appropriate number of associated junior hires. A typical request for a cluster should not exceed 5-6 hires. All positions should be full-time. Junior, tenure-track faculty appointments should be budgeted at either 100% in their tenure home department or joint appointments split 75%-25%. Senior faculty, typically full professors with tenure, may hold joint appointments split 50%-50% or 75%-25% with other SBU and BNL departments. Proposals for single hires will not be considered through this call; instead, such proposals should be part of the annual budget and planning process between the Colleges/Schools and the Office of the Provost.

In addition to faculty hires, proposals may request appropriate start-up packages consisting of equipment and renovations. The proposing school or college must commit space and any additional elements of a start-up package. Specifically, summer support, research assistant support, post-doctoral scholar support, moving costs, and similar items will not be funded by the initiative. Salary for each faculty member hired through this initiative will be provided to the hiring unit, but will revert to the Office of the Provost at the time the faculty member leaves SBU.

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