Thematic Areas of Expertise
For Fiscal Year 2014, UConn is seeking individual scholars as well as groups of leading faculty experts in a number of interdisciplinary mega-clusters, as outlined by the University Provost.
Environment and Sustainability
Faculty hires in this multidisciplinary area will enhance UConn's emerging international partnerships on water resources and climate change. Additionally, this cluster aims to develop the University's strengths in environmental research, teaching, ethics, and policy while working toward enhancing human sustainability.
The Digital Cutting Edge
This cluster will invest broadly in the field of digital media – teaching innovative digital production techniques in addition to the use of technology in the study of text.
Frontiers in Science & Engineering
Another broad, interdisciplinary area, this cluster addresses the need to strengthen UConn's core life sciences departments in areas relevant to the Jackson Labs Initiative and to meet undergraduate demand. Faculty hires will encompass experts in advanced manufacturing and materials genomics, personalized medicine, pharmaco/genomoeconomics, and cell biology.
Language and Culture
UConn has the capacity to become a national leader in the study of language, with new hires in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and communications disorders. The University also will focus on developing a specific area of strength in Asian and Asian American history, language, culture, politics, and visual arts.
This cluster is intended to reinforce core social science programs with an emphasis on economics, sociology, and political science while working collaboratively with educational stakeholders and policymakers across the state and nation on issues in K-12 education, including bullying, school violence, behavioral health, and the closing achievement gap. Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the nation between low-income and non-low-income students as well as between white students and students of color.
Health and Health Policy
Health and health policy hires will incorporate experts not only in the study of insurance law – including such areas as retirement security and the health insurance market – but also in human health, animal health, food safety, and pain management research areas. This cluster will complement UConn's emerging strengths in these subjects.
From theater management and producing to traditional puppetry, the Theater Innovation cluster touches on principles of performance, directing, writing, and the world of arts management.