2. EXPAND, STRENGTHEN, AND DIVERSIFY THE FACULTY.
A university is as great as its faculty, and Stony Brook will foster its other five-year initiatives with faculty development. Targeted recruitment, including cluster hiring, will support interdisciplinary initiatives and other research and teaching priorities. Recruiting and retaining scholars and teachers of distinction will increase research, enrich intellectual life on the campus, promote curriculum development, support more student research and creative projects, and facilitate the development of close relationships between students and faculty members. Increasing the number of women and members of ethnic minority groups on the faculty is an institutional priority. To support the recruitment of excellent, newly minted faculty, Stony Brook will continue to seek ways to offer affordable housing, partnering with local organizations.