July 25, 2003
to grow by eight positions
by Diana Pounds
Eight new positions will be added to the Iowa State faculty as a result of
this year's budget process. Deans have been authorized to immediately begin
searches for the new positions in five colleges and two interdisciplinary
areas, and the new faculty may be on campus as early as fall 2004, said vice
president for academic affairs and provost Benjamin Allen.
"President Gregory Geoffroy and I have made increasing the number of faculty
positions a priority," Allen said in announcing the positions.
Geoffroy often has stated that a top priority is rebuilding faculty numbers,
depleted by several years of state budget cuts.
"Despite the cuts, we feel it's important to identify resources to increase
faculty numbers," Geoffroy said. "Tenure and tenure-track faculty numbers
have dropped 8 percent over the past 10 years, while enrollment has climbed
11 percent. The result is larger classes and fewer course offerings, both of
which threaten educational quality."
The eight new positions will sup-port academic priorities in teaching and
learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement. Several will
support the university's academic initiatives -- "big impact" ideas that
respond to critical needs in Iowa and the country and build on Iowa State
strengths. Faculty in the new positions will be involved in initiatives to
strengthen information technology research, study the relationship between
people and computers, discover and test materials based on a new chemistry
method (combinatorial discovery), and find ways to use agricultural crops in
fuels and products (bioeconomy), in addition to increasing the instructional
capacity in key areas.
The eight new faculty positions were selected from more than 100 proposals
submitted by college deans. Allen recommended the final eight to Geoffroy
after consulting with provost office staff and the president's Advisory
Committee for Budget and Planning. (The budget committee developed the
criteria and process for making the selections.)
Allen said he has developed a second group of faculty positions he
would like to create if additional funding becomes available.
Resources are available to support an average of $70,000 in salary and
fringe benefits for each new faculty position. In some instances, that may
not be enough to hire a top, entry-level assistant professor. In such cases,
additional funds will come from a combination of college, department and
central sources, according to Allen.
New faculty positions
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