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Monday, Aug. 29 marks the first day of classes for UAlbany's 2016-17 academic year.  (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 29, 2016) — It’s the first day of the new semester, and the first day of classes for more than 5,000 new freshmen, transfers and graduate students. It’s also the day the Today at UAlbany resumes daily publication after being weekly for the summer. Look for your daily dose of UAlbany news every morning in your inbox.

The fall semester brings more than just new student faces. Joining the campus community are more than 70 new full-time faculty members.

The roster includes both tenure-track faculty and lecturers/visiting professors, appointed across the institution’s nine schools and colleges as well as to the Educational Opportunity Program, the Writing and Critical Inquiry program and the University Libraries.

Provost James Stellar said the new faculty, the largest group of new hires in recent memory, represent scholars and teachers from a wide range of backgrounds and places, broadly distributed across the University’s academic program.

“I congratulate the University’s deans and search committees for their outstanding efforts and success this past year on behalf of faculty recruitment,” Stellar said. “These new scholar/teachers come to us from great institutions and will join us in burnishing UAlbany’s reputation as a leading public research university.”

The new faculty list includes positions in theatre, psychology, business, physics and anthropology. The Honors College welcomes a new dean, and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has prepared for its new major in computer engineering by hiring 14 new faculty members. The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity has three new professors, and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy has added seven.

Stellar noted that new faculty and students are coming to the University at an exciting time. “There is new construction in progress, new academic programs are being developed, investments have been made to increase enrollment and student retention, the research portfolio is being expanded, and a public engagement agenda is rapidly taking form,” he said. “UAlbany is positioned to be a national leader on several fronts.”

The new faculty will be introduced to the campus in smaller groups, by academic program, over the course of the fall semester.

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