OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
TO: University Senate
FROM: Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
DATE: December 3, 2012
REPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY SENATE
SECOND ROUND CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY CLUSTER HIRING INITIATIVE
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 members
have been initiated; more details may be found on the Office of the Provost web site at http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/provost/ClusterHireInitiative.html.
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.
For information regarding proposal requirements, please visit the Provost Office web site at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/provost/Second%20Round%20Call%20Interdisciplinary%20Faculty%20Cluster%20Hires%202013.2014.pdf. For all proposals responding to the second call, the lead faculty member(s) for the proposal should submit to the Office of the Provost:
1) the executive summary expressing the intent to submit a full proposal pending approval of the Chairs and Deans of collaborating units, no later than Friday, January 18, 2013; and 2) the full proposal, including the cover page with all signatures designating proposal approval by the Chairs and Deans of collaborating units, no later than Friday, April 5, 2013. All proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF format to Ann Ozelis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee representing a broad range of
disciplines on campus. The committee will make recommendations to the Provost
regarding which proposals to fund. Upon consideration of these recommendations and
after consultation with the President and other senior administrators, the Provost will
make the final selection of new clusters to be initiated for the 2013/14 hiring season.
The Office of the Provost is planning an information session for interested faculty to meet with members of the panel that reviewed the proposals submitted in response to the first round call.
This event will be held before letters of intent for second round proposals are due on January 18, 2012 so that we can provide feedback on last year’s review process as well as answer program/selection/review/budgetary questions. The date and location of this event will be announced shortly. Please do not hesitate to contact Vice Provost for Budget and Planning, Axel Drees, at email@example.com should you have any questions or require any additional information on this exciting initiative.
SBU TASK FORCE ON MASSIVELY OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCS)
Recent developments in technology for digital education and the rampant emergence of massively-open online courses (MOOCs) are creating the perception of a game-changing, disruptive educational approach that has the potential to transform both access to education as well as the methods we teach our own students and the world. While many of the AAUs have jumped on the MOOCs bandwagon within the short span of 6 months, and others are actively considering their strategy, many open issues remain. In particular, MOOCS business models differ (profit vs. non-for-profit, contracts signed with institutions vs. individual professors) and range from institutional-level (eg., edX) to entrepreneurial-driven activities (eg., Coursera and Udacity). The approaches for issuing MOOCS-based credentials also vary from issuing none to granting certificates, badges, and even University transfer credits based on assessment of learning.
In order to best position Stony Brook University to take advantage of the MOOCs educational approach, the Provost and Senate of Stony Brook University are charging a joint ad hoc task force to consider the broad spectrum of issues related to MOOCs technology, requisite investment, quality assurance, branding, credentialing, policy and impact on current academic offerings and provide actionable recommendations to formulate our long-term institutional strategy, as well as some specific short-term pursuits we should undertake.
The MOOCS@StonyBrook task force will submit to the Provost a written report with its findings and recommendations, no later than February 28, 2013, which should address the following issues:
How will the MOOCs stand-up against and potentially affect traditional degrees?
Eduardo Mendieta - Philosophy (Co-Chair)
Wendy Tang - Electrical Engineering (Co-Chair)
Patricia Aceves - Faculty Center
Nathan Baum - University Libraries
Paul Bingham - Biochemistry
Henry Bokuniewicz - SOMAS
Ken Dill - Laufer Center
Paul Edelson - Professional Development
Laura Fochtmann - Medicine
Bernie Grubbs - Chemistry
Tom Hemmick - Physics
Keri Hollander - Nursing
Aristotle Lekacos - Business
Luz Marina-Reyes - Undergraduate student
Charilaos Papadopoulos - Graduate student
David Paquette - Dental Medicine
Marsha Pollard - Associate CAO
Mary Remmler – Budget and Finance
Lori Scarlatos - Tech and Society
Margaret Schedel - cDACT
Suzanne Shane – Office of General Counsel
Erez Zadok - Computer Science
Deborah Zelizer - Health Technology Management
The MOOCS task force will periodically meet with a steering committee appointed by the Provost and composed of key academic administrators (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Finance, VP for Human Resources, Senior Counsel, Assistant Provost for Teaching learning and Technology, Department Chairs/Associate Deans). The Steering Committee will provide advice and guidance on key issues such as academic quality and credit transfers; intellectual property and copyright issues; federal and state regulations/requirements and accreditation outside of NYS; budget implications and models; faculty incentives and workload issues; impact on traditional research and teaching activities.
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY SEARCH FOR DEAN OF LIBRARIES
The Office of the Provost is initiating a search for a Dean of University Libraries. The Dean of Libraries is responsible for providing a strategic vision and leading the planning and advancement of the SBU Libraries; leading innovation in the Libraries’ collection and technologies; ensuring sound management; representing the SBU Libraries locally and nationally; and leading philanthropic efforts. As the University increases both intra- and extra-campus research activities in a multitude of disciplines, the incumbent will be expected to lead the libraries in the development of new service and collection models to adapt to the shift in information formats and access technologies. The incumbent is required to partner with others across the campus community to create a new type of 21st century information center in support of research and education. Furthermore, the Dean of Libraries will help establish the collaborative relationships with other campus entities to address future data retention and dissemination challenges related to such issues as digital preservation, intellectual property, scholarly communication, and unique institutionally-created information.
2013-2014 TA/GA STIPEND INCREASE
We are committed to attracting the best graduate students to Stony Brook University, and this requires increasing our competitiveness relative to other top research universities. As part of this initiative, we are delighted to announce a $2000 academic year stipend increase for all TAs/GAs, effective early January 2013. Since this is a midyear increase, TAs/GAs will receive $1000 on their base stipend for spring 2013. The minimum academic year TA/GA stipend for 2013-14 will be $17,145. We expect that all graduate programs that currently supplement their TA/GA stipends will continue to do so at the same level, so that all TAs/GAs will receive a full $2000 academic year raise, subject to the $30,000 cap on total graduate student stipend support. This TA/GA stipend increase will be funded from Academic Excellence Fees and SUNY 2020 revenue.
The $2000 increase to our stipend levels will make it easier for Stony Brook programs to attract excellent students. We plan additional increases in future years that will bring our stipend levels directly in line with other public AAUs. In addition to improving our recruitment competitiveness, we anticipate that this stipend increase will help students meet the financial challenges of living on Long Island and promote student success. Along with our faculty initiatives, this investment in our current and future graduate students will help elevate Stony Brook University into the upper tier of public research universities.