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NYSUNY 2020 Proposals

In anticipation of approval for the University’s NYSUNY 2020/UAlbany Impact plan, a number of new faculty positions are made possible.   A call for proposals for new faculty hires was released in Fall 2011 (see here).   Following review of the pilot process, a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Spring 2012 round was released (see here).

A total of 49 submissions were received for the Spring 2012 round.  These submissions came from across the university and represented a wealth of outstanding proposals. A full listing of the proposals can be found here.

Following the submission deadline, the review process included evaluation by at least five independent reviewers.  Three reviews were provided by members of the Faculty Review Panel.  Two reviews were provided by members of the Provost’s Executive Advisory Council. 

The Faculty Review Panel was selected on recommendation of their deans to reflect the breadth of the campus academic areas, and to bring campus-wide perspectives in leadership roles such as department chair, distinguished faculty rank, and membership in the Budget Advisory Groups and the earlier Compact Planning/Selective Investment review panels. Members of the Faculty Review Panel for the Spring 2012 round are listed here.  Members of the Faculty Review Panel for the Fall 2011 pilot are listed here

The faculty reviewers were divided into two subpanels constructed to be comparable in terms of disciplinary distribution.  Each proposal was assigned three faculty reviewers to consider and comment on the merits of the assigned proposals.  In addition, each full faculty subpanel then met collectively once again toward the end of the review process to consider and comment upon the specific reviews for each proposal  put forth by its three-member review group. 

The Provost’s Executive Advisory Council includes all deans and heads of the major support units within Academic Affairs.  A list of members participating in the proposal review is provided here.   Proposals were assigned to two primary readers, at least one of whom held academic rank.  Reviews were undertaken separately by the assigned readers, then aggregated for evaluation by the full Council. 
Proposals were evaluated based upon the criteria and rating form specified in the Proposal Guidelines which were shared with all authors.  Evaluation materials for the spring 2012 round can be accessed here: (1), (2) and (3). 

Evaluations from the two groups were combined and evaluated for any divergence, and a composite evaluation was constructed.  Members of the two groups were invited to review the overall set of evaluative outcomes, to evaluate and comment on the process, and to make recommendations about funding decisions.  Feedback and reviewer comments on the proposals were provided to the proposing unit.

The review process affirmed the breadth of talent, creativity, and potential across the campus.  By and large, an outstanding set of proposals was generated by our faculty.  Indeed, there were far, far more proposals worthy of funding than there was funding available.  

The initial set of proposals selected for funding are listed below. The listing below is current as of August 9, 2012.   Please revisit this page for updates as they become available about additional proposals funded and about the particulars of the funding for each proposal.

  • The Anthropology Department proposed to expand their research and teaching in human biology. Searching for 3 full-time faculty in biological anthropology is proposed over the next 2 years. The proposal anticipates adding $225,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 746 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from George Aaron Broadwell at gbroadwell@albany.edu.
  • The Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department proposes to expand their research and teaching in weather-climate interactions and society. Searching for 5 full-time faculty in weather-climate interactions and energy; hydrometeorology; modeling and theory of weather-climate interactions; physical oceanography; and climate impacts is proposed over 3 years, as well as offering 735 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period.  The proposal anticipates adding $1,000,000 in sponsored funding over the first four years. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Chris Thorncroft at cthorncroft@albany.edu.  (Note:  This proposal was funded from the Fall 2011 pilot review process.)
  • The Biology Department proposed to expand their research and teaching in brain development and repair. Searching for 2 full-time faculty in stem cell mediated neural repair and neural epigenetics is proposed next year. The proposal anticipates adding $400,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 220 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Richard Zitomer, Chair of Biological Sciences at rzitomer@albany.edu.
  • The Chemistry Department proposes to expand the research and teaching in forensic chemistry and toxicology. Search for 3 full-time faculty in biosensor development, forensic toxicology, separation and mass spectrometry technologies is proposed in the next 4 years. The proposal anticipates adding over $880,000 in external funding over the first four years. The Department will also offer 254 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Further information can be obtained from Li Niu at lniu@albany.edu.
  • The East Asian Studies Department proposed to expand instruction in the cultures and civilizations of East Asia. Searching for 1 postdoctoral fellow is proposed in the next year. The proposal anticipates offering 450 new credits per year of undergraduate instruction over four years. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Andrew Byon at abyon@albany.edu.
  • The Economics Department proposes to search for 1 full-time faculty to strategically strengthen its teaching and research focus in economic policy within its Master’s program.  The proposal anticipates adding over $100,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 390 new credits per year of undergraduate and graduate instruction by the end of the same time period. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Betty Daniel at bdaniel@albany.edu.
  • The History Department proposes to expand their teaching in religion in the Eastern Mediterranean to 1800. Searching for 1 full-time faculty in comparative international and global history is proposed in the next 2 years. The proposal anticipates adding 737 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Richard Hamm at hamm@albany.edu.
  • The Physics Department proposed to expand their research and teaching in information physics by searching this year for 1 full-time faculty member who will apply information physics/Bayesian analysis techniques to experimental x-ray, spectroscopic or imaging physics or computational physics in related areas. The proposal anticipates adding $100,000 in sponsored funding per year, as well as offering 43 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction, both by the end of four years. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from physics@albany.edu.
  • The Psychology Department proposed to expand their research and teaching in translational approaches to behavioral health. Searching for 3 full-time faculty in Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, and Social Psychology is proposed over the next 2 years. The proposal anticipates adding over $900,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 2,738 new credits per year of undergraduate and graduate instruction by the end of the same time period. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Jeanette Altarriba at jaltarriba@albany.edu.  
  • Based on the increased enrollments the campus expects over the next four years, the College of Arts and Sciences proposed to expand its undergraduate teaching related to the majors and minors across its departments, and to the General Education program, to meet the increased demand.  Searching for faculty for tenure-track, visiting assistant professor, lecturer, and part time positions is proposed (number and distribution to be determined).  Through this expansion, the College anticipates offering at least 12,675 new credits per semester of undergraduate instruction by the end of four years.  Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from the CAS Dean’s Office at casdean@albany.edu.
  • The School of Business, School of Criminal Justice, College of Computing and Information, and Rockefeller College proposed to expand their research and teaching in digital forensics. Searching for 6 full-time faculty in digital forensics, forensics and criminal justice, forensic auditing, cyber international relations and image forensics is proposed over the next 3 years. The proposal anticipates adding $2,700,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 3,618 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Sanjay Goel at goel@albany.edu.
  • The Computer Science Department proposed to expand their research and teaching in data analytics and “Big Data.”Searching for 1 full-time faculty in computer science is proposed in the next 2 years. Their proposal anticipates adding $320,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 177 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from George Berg at berg@cs.albany.edu.
  • Rockefeller College has proposed to develop a new graduate Master’s of International Affairs program which draws on the knowledge and expertise of the Department of Public Administration (management and economics) and the Department of Political Science (global governance and global security). Searching for 2 tenure-track faculty, as well as non-tenure track lines over the next four years, the program will take place in a synchronous distance learning format in Albany and in New York City.  This proposal anticipates offering 3,120 new credits of graduate instruction per year by the end of five years.  Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Rey Koslowski at rkoslowski@albany.edu.  
  • The School of Criminal Justice proposed to expand their research and teaching in criminal justice. Searching for 1 post-doctoral associate in criminal justice is proposed in the next year. The proposal anticipates adding over $480,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 340 new credits of undergraduate and graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Diana Mancini at dmancini2@albany.edu.
  • The School of Social Welfare proposed to expand their research and teaching in behavioral health. Searching for 1 full-time faculty in intervention research is proposed. The proposal anticipates adding $200,000 in sponsored funding over the next four years, as well as offering 60 new credits per year of graduate instruction. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from the Dean’s office at sswhelp@albany.edu.
  • The Biological Sciences and Chemistry Departments proposed to expand their research in RNA science. Searching for 5 full-time faculty in RNA virology, experimental bioinformatics, macromolecular crystallography, RNA genomics, RNA cancer biology, and/or RNA organic chemistry is proposed over 4 years. The proposal anticipates adding $1,050,000 in sponsored funding over the first five years. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Richard Zitomer, Chair of Biological Sciences at rzitomer@albany.edu. (Note:  This proposal was funded from the Fall 2011 pilot review process.)
  • The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center proposes to expand their research and teaching around the impacts, linkages, and synergies around climate, the environment, and energy. Searching for 5 full-time research associate/faculty  in energy meteorology and climate; ecohydrology; cloud resolving modeling; remote sensing; and aerosol processing is proposed over 3 years. The proposal anticipates adding $1,800,000 in sponsored funding over the first four years, as well as offering 84 new credits of graduate instruction per year by the end of the same time period. Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from James Schwab at jschwab@albany.edu.
  • The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis will partner with multiple academic departments to search for two full-time faculty in demography/population science.  The proposal anticipates adding $300,000 in sponsored funding per year by the end of four years, as well as additional undergraduate and graduate credits (TBD) in the academic homes of the new hires.  Adjustments from the initial proposal are under discussion. Further information about the proposal can be obtained from Tim Gage at tgage@albany.edu.

 

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