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Cluster Proposals

Create and propose a new cluster within NYU

The Faculty Cluster initiative is an opportunity for schools and departments across NYU to recruit, support, and elevate the most innovative faculty and their research. Interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusion, within and between clusters, will enhance pedagogy and impact generations of global researchers, professionals, citizens, and leaders.

For more background and details about the cluster initiative at NYU, please read the NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative Roadmap drafted in April 2021.

Goals

The Faculty Cluster Initiative represents a new approach to recruitment and hiring, including:

  • A framework for collaboration across schools, departments, and campuses;
  • Shared values to enhance the quality of teaching and research, as well as the diversity of faculty within clusters and disciplines;
  • A process that expands faculty participation in the recruitment process, while balancing the strategic visions of schools and departments.

The Center for Faculty Advancement supports the Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative as part of its mission to foster both individual scholars and the academic community at large by enhancing research and teaching excellence within NYU, and by promoting public engagement with the world outside of NYU. We encourage interested schools and departments to review the following criteria for creating a new cluster within NYU

Proposal Components & Submission

Each proposed cluster must be submitted in a standard form for Schools’ Dean’s Offices to complete and submit. The form will include the following information.

Cluster Overview

  • Cluster title
  • Proposer names, titles, and brief bios
  • University priority best fit: Inequality, Urban, Climate Change, Alliance for Public Interest Technology
  • Cluster description
  • Departments involved in cluster
  • Proposed number of faculty, by rank, in cluster (with rationale)
  • Proposed timing/order of hires (AY ’23, ’24, ’25, ’26)

Cluster Details

  • How will the proposed cluster enhance NYU’s ability to recruit and retain faculty who have experience in the following areas:
    • Academic excellence and diverse research
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Building inclusive educational environments
    • Divergent life experiences
    • Public engagement outside the Academy
    • Mentoring students, researchers, and other faculty from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (including Black/African American, Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, and Asian), as well as women in STEM fields.
  • What persistent scientific, social, and political challenges, problems, or opportunities will this cluster address, and how?
    • How will it also enhance our ability to recruit dedicated faculty in these fields?
  • How will the cluster promote innovation and pioneering research that distinguishes NYU as a leader in the proposed research area(s)?
  • How will the cluster strengthen our ability to secure public and/or private external funding support for research and research impact?
  • What types of scholarly and professional development opportunities might the faculty in this cluster work on together (e.g., research seminars, public events, co-teaching, policy interventions, etc.?).
  • What will the represented school(s) and departments do to help ensure the success of the cluster as a whole?
  • What efforts will target tenure/promotion or other professional milestones for individual faculty? To be clear, we do not expect members of the cluster to do “extra” work. Rather, we want to see a plan from schools for how they will ensure that the cluster “gels,” and produces added value.

Cluster Recruitment

  • Briefly describe the fields of research involved in your proposed cluster, and what opportunities and challenges exist in these fields to produce a diverse pool of potential candidates.
  • How will existing/emerging faculty from historically underrepresented groups will be recruited? For each faculty position (including their respective rank) proposed for this cluster, identify one or two individuals (with links to bios/CVs) whose research profiles exemplify the faculty you seek to recruit, if your cluster proposal is approved.
  • Describe the proposed plan for conducting the recruitment process, review, and final decisions about hiring cluster faculty.

Current Clusters

See currently available positions within these clusters. (Not all clusters have open opportunities.)

Anti-Racism, Social Justice, & Public Health

Primary school:  School of Global Public Health
School contact:  Melody Goodman

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
GPH Department of BiostatisticsMelody Goodman

Faculty in the cluster at the School of Global Public Health (GPH) will be part of the new Center for Anti-Racism, Social Justice & Public Health (CASJPH) that launched in the spring 2022. This cluster is across departments (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, public health policy & management, social & behavioral sciences) within GPH. We seek to recruit faculty whose research, teaching, practice and service is aligned with the mission of the CASJPH to examine racism as a social determinant of health, develop policy and/or practice interventions to address racism and health equity, and conduct translational stakeholder engaged research. Using both mentored and peer collaborations, this cluster is designed to spur multidisciplinary public health research and practice with a focus on racism, the social determinants of health (e.g., education, housing, transportation, neighborhoods), and social justice issues in public health. CASJPH will provide methodological, pedagogical, and professional development training for affiliated faculty members.

Black Diaspora Cultural Studies

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of Art HistoryEdward Sullivan
FAS Department of HistoryEd Berenson
Andrew Sartori
Gallatin School of Individualized StudySusanne Wofford
Myisha Priest

This cluster brings together several departments and schools across the humanities. Members of the cluster will share interests in the culture and history of Africa, Africans, and the Africa-descended people who have created a vast, culturally rich Black diaspora. This diaspora extends throughout much of the globe and has been especially influential in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions.

Black Diaspora Literary Studies

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of Comparative LiteratureEmily Apter
FAS Department of EnglishElizabeth McHenry
FAS Department of French Literature, Thought & CulturePhillip John Usher
FAS Department of Spanish & Portuguese Languages & LiteraturesGabriel Giorgi

This cluster seeks scholars whose work spans across four language-based literature programs in FAS. Specifically, the cluster will include scholars of African American, Lusophone and Francophone Atlantic, African, and Caribbean literatures. Literature, as an expanded field, in its intersections with other practices such as performance, cinema, music, and the arts, brings breadth and diversity to literary and cultural studies in our departments and across the university. It will enhance current conversations within and between departments about literary genealogies, blind spots in canonical approaches to literature, and the intersections with other aesthetic practices. African American and diasporic literary studies have expanded tremendously in the past decade, and remain active growth areas in the humanities. This cluster will foster this expansion by combining diverse cultural cartographies and languages.

Building STEM for the Public Good: Cultivating Openness in the Sciences

Primary school:  Division of Libraries
School contact:  April Hathcock

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Business & Government Information ServicesDan Hickey
Data ServicesNicholas Wolf
Scholarly Communications & Information PolicyAnastasia Chiu
Science ServicesHope Lappen
Margaret Smith

The cluster brings together faculty from three diverse and multifaceted departments across the Division of Libraries: Scholarly Communications and Information Policy; Knowledge Access; and the Bern Dibner Library, which is STEM focused and part of the Brooklyn Campus; to participate in the public interest technology initiatives at New York University and beyond. Bringing together expertise in scientific data discovery, data curation and organization, open-access scholarship, digital preservation, and STEM engagement, this cluster will connect a key set of library and information science perspectives and theoretical underpinnings to heighten the impact of work already occurring across the university in the fields of education, data journalism, information and technology policy, data science, and more. The positions in this cluster build on a rich tradition of libraries centering the public good in technology development, selection, policy, and implementation, not only to facilitate access to a range of technologies, but also to bring a critical lens to their inherent limitations and biases. NYU Libraries cluster serves as a means of continuing this work while making new and exciting connections with other areas of the University active in STEM fields, including the Center for Urban Science and Progress, the Center for Data Science, PRIISM, NYU Abu Dhabi, the Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and many others.

Centering Underrepresented Voices: Anti-Racist Practices in Libraries & Archives

Primary school:  Division of Libraries
School contact:  April Hathcock

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Division of LibrariesLauren Kehoe
Knowledge Access DepartmentGioia Stevens
Libraries Department of Data ServicesAndrew Battista
Libraries Department of Humanities & Social SciencesKatherine Boss
Science ServicesLori Salmon

This cluster within the Division of Libraries both extends and strengthens the Division of Libraries Commitment to our core values of Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Accessibility (IDBEA). The positions in the cluster are strategically placed in three core areas of librarianship: collections and subject expertise, description and discovery, and engagement and outreach. The cluster will center underrepresented communities’ voices by bringing in new collections of Africana & African American Studies materials in all formats; highlighting emerging, streaming media collections including the Native American Film and Video Festival, Chiapas Media Project, and the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library; and creating anti-racist description practices. By reimagining our metadata and systems practices through a lens of IDBEA, we can help ensure that diverse collections are discoverable by and accessible to users. Through engagement and outreach, we can address economic and racial inequality around information culture(s) in our own community at NYU. We will provide holistic support for students (including support for academic, emotional, and financial success) and ensure access to affordable course materials.

Creating a Just Society: Equity & Belonging

Primary school:  Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development
School contact:  Larue Allen

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Institute for Human Development & Social ChangeErin Godfrey
Department of Administration, Leadership & TechnologyNoel Anderson
Department of Applied PsychologyEd Seidman
Department of Applied Statistics, Social Sciences & HumanitiesMarc Scott
Department of Teaching & LearningCatherine Milne

We propose to build a research hub of interdisciplinary scholars from diverse backgrounds to understand the mechanisms by which structural inequities impact educational and service organizations that serve children and youth. Understanding the disproportional and detrimental impacts on the learning, development, behavior, mental health, access to resources, and life opportunities for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and migrant youth is critical. A central focus will be how norms and regularities impact identity and belonging. Hub scholars will seek to understand the mechanisms by which the aforementioned structural inequities impact identity and sense of belonging, and explore and disrupt these negative trajectories by discovering, developing, and testing innovative interventions and policy solutions. To create this hub, we will hire a group of six promising underrepresented research scholars who focus on different parts of this issue and/or different developmental outcomes from diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives. These new scholars will have a “home” and a senior mentor in one of the five participating departments. Their interaction and scholarship will be supported and facilitated by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, and their interaction will be grounded and enhanced by collaboration with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

Health & Scientific Literacy, Openness, & Equity

Primary school:  Division of Libraries
School contact:  April Hathcock

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Business & Government Information ServicesDan Hickey
Data ServicesNicholas Wolf
Scholarly Communications & Information PolicyAnastasia Chiu
Science ServicesHope Lappen
Margaret Smith

This cluster lies at the Intersection of information science, health and scientific literacy, and social justice. COVID-19’s disproportionate effect on BIPOC communities has amplified attention to inequities caused by structural racism in health care. The last eighteen months have also highlighted the rampant spread of health misinformation and the need for access to sound health and scientific information and expanded health and scientific information literacy. The three positions in this cluster will focus on equity within scientific information culture writ large, and support NYU research and curricular needs in the basic and health sciences, with an emphasis on equity, information literacy, and open scholarship. Two of the positions sit in the Libraries’ Health Sciences department and focus specifically on health equity and health information literacy, while the third position sits in the Libraries Science department, focusing on scientific literacy and open scholarship and bridging basic and health sciences disciplines. All three positions address an increased demand for health and science expertise at NYU that specifically engages with profound disparities around health and scientific literacy, access to information, and the politics of information.These positions will assist researchers with projects ranging from evidence syntheses to community science, and will support learners pursuing careers in research (whether in academia or industry) as well as professional practice.

Health Engineering

Primary school:  Tandon School of Engineering
School contact:  Yao Wang

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Department of Biomedical EngineeringAndreas Hielscher

The cluster seeks to recruit outstanding faculty who can build bridges between NYU’s fast-growing medical engineering community and physicians in NYU’s world-class medical school and hospitals. Many unmet clinical and healthcare needs can potentially be addressed with emerging technologies in various fields of engineering. To be effective, close, multidisciplinary collaboration between doctors, data scientists, and biomedical, electrical, mechanical, biochemical, and computational engineers are needed. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated and accelerated efforts in this regard. Several technologies developed at NYU have already emerged as crucial tools for containing the spread and impact of the virus. For example, a team of NYU experts in genetics, clinical diagnostics, and robotics developed a state-of-the-art tool for industrial-scale COVID-19 variant detection, pool testing, and gold-standard PCR testing in only a few months. The cluster will build on and further enhance these activities that transcend traditional academic boundaries. From it, new ideas for interschool initiatives and degrees will emerge that further improve the quality of health care and attract and educate students from diverse backgrounds.

Minds, Brains, & Machines

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Center for Data ScienceJulia Kempe
Brenden Lake
Cristina Savin
Center for Neural ScienceCatherine Hartley
Wei Ji Ma
Cristina Savin
Eero Simoncelli
FAS Department of PsychologyTodd Gureckis
Catherine Hartley
Brenden Lake
Bob Rehder
Flatiron InstituteEero Simoncelli

This cluster was created to focus on understanding and engineering intelligence. Understanding intelligence is one of the greatest scientific quests ever undertaken—a challenge that demands an interdisciplinary approach spanning psychology, neural science, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI). A focus on computation is at the center of this quest—viewing intelligence, in all of its forms, as a kind of sophisticated and adaptive computational process. But the kind of computation necessary for intelligence remains an open question; despite striking, recent, progress in AI, today’s technologies provide nothing like the general-purpose, flexible intelligence that we have as humans. We believe that intensifying the dialog between these fields is needed for transformative research on understanding and engineering intelligence, focused on two key questions: How can advances in machine intelligence best advance our understanding of natural (human and animal) intelligence? And, how can we best use insights from natural intelligence to develop new, more powerful machine intelligence technologies that more fruitfully interact with us?

Native American & Indigenous Studies

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of EnglishElizabeth McHenry
FAS Department of HistoryEd Berenson
FAS Department of Social & Cultural AnalysisJennifer Morgan
Gallatin School of Individualized StudyKimberly DaCosta
Myisha Priest
Tisch Department of Cinema StudiesAnna McCarthy
Karen Shimakawa

This cluster is composed of scholars of Native American and/or Indigenous Studies whose teaching and research explores and increases understanding of the history, the cultural and artistic traditions, and the political experiences of indigenous peoples.

Predicting Climate Change & Its Impacts: From the Global to Urban Scale

Primary school:  Courant Institute of Mathematical Science
School contact:  Helena Jane Carey

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Center for Data ScienceJulia Kempe
Courant Department of Computer ScienceDenis Zorin
Courant Department of MathematicsLaure Zanna
Tandon Department of Civil & Urban EngineeringMagued Iskander

Climate change disproportionately affects communities who suffer from socioeconomic inequalities, in particular people of color. Assessing the impacts of climate change, adapting to its consequences, and developing strategies for mitigating its effects requires a fundamental understanding and robust predictions of different components of the Earth’s system (atmosphere, ocean, land, and ice) and their interactions across scales. The cluster hire in climate change prediction, linking global change to impacts at the city scale to inform decision-making and planning for climate change adaptation using data science. This interdisciplinary initiative, between Courant, Tandon, and the Center for Data Science, builds on the university’s existing strengths in the sciences, including modeling global and regional climate, methods and applications of data-driven science, and environmental impacts and actions on cities. A cluster hire is necessary to include diverse disciplinary voices, create bridges between different departments at NYU already conducting impactful climate research, establish an inclusive, safe, and productive academic environment, and train the next generation of climate scientists. NYU is uniquely poised to push the boundary of existing climate prediction research, making significant and rapid advances, and taking action at the city and global scale in this critical threat of the 21st century.

Race & Cities in the Americas

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

As a center of urban research in the nation’s largest and most diverse city, New York University seeks faculty in history, social and cultural analysis, and sociology who are researching race and cities in the Americas. Urban areas, including New York, are home to large diasporic communities of people of African and Latin American descent whose opportunities are profoundly shaped by long histories of segregation, discrimination, and racialized injustice in policing, education, employment, and housing. Those inequalities take spatial form in metropolitan geographies, in the differential distribution of public goods and services across neighborhood and municipal lines, and in a multitude of neighborhood effects of concentrated disadvantage. At the same time, cities are places of innovation and opportunity, the result of community formation, especially the creation and reinvention of urban institutions ranging from commercial institutions to churches. To understand cities—past, present, and future—requires analyzing the processes by which people of color shaped cities, how discrimination and segregation hinders opportunities, how diasporic urbanites reinvent communities, and how insights from history and the social sciences can inform contemporary debates.

Race, Identity, & Inequality

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of Sociology

The cluster was created to recruit outstanding scholars whose research addresses some of the most vexing political and social problems of our time, in alignment with NYU priority areas: anti-racism and urban environments, politics, and problems. Focusing on these areas will facilitate recruitment of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who are innovators in our disciplines’ scholarship. Through its focus on developing a multidisciplinary network of scholars, the Race, Identity, and Inequality (RII) cluster promises to provide a more holistic perspective on these problems. The community it seeks to foster and the resources it aims to marshal promise to create a highly attractive environment for scholars working in these areas. The RII cluster will provide a network for scholars to collaborate across NYU and enhance NYU’s ability to mentor students from diverse backgrounds, thus accelerating the recruitment of young scholars into academia. The cultivation of this network will aid in retention efforts by fostering attachment to NYU’s intellectual community. Coordinating recruitment across units can yield rewards by expanding engagement in bringing outside scholars aboard, and by signaling to those scholars that their areas of research are an NYU priority. Research conducted by RII scholars is central to contemporary social sciences, and now is the time to take advantage of cross-unit efforts in faculty development.

Representation in the Arts

Primary school:  Tisch School of the Arts
School contacts:  Karen Shimakawa,

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Department of Cinema StudiesAnna McCarthy
Department of Collaborative ArtsSteven Drukman
Department of DanceRashaun Mitchell
Department of DramaRubén Polendo
Department of Dramatic WritingJoe Vinciguerra
Department of Photography & ImagingDeborah Willis
Department of Undergraduate Television & FilmEzra Sacks

Matters of representation lie at the center of research and practice in the arts today. The question of how to stand for, speak for, and depict the lives and beliefs of oneself and others is a pressing concern in the arts education curriculum. Who gets represented? Who creates the representations? Who gets left out and why? Who or what controls this depiction? What does it mean to be unrepresented? (Or overrepresented, for that matter) How does political representation align, or not, with representational diversity in culture? These questions unify disparate areas of creative work, from dance to documentary. They also span multiple fields of scholarly practice. This cluster is an innovative partnership among departments within Tisch School of the Arts, and will create a nexus of practice-led research within the School. It seeks out scholars and practitioners whose work analyzes intersections of race, gender, and identity, and shifts perception through innovative strategies of representation.

Sustainable Engineering

Primary school:  Tandon School of Engineering
School contact:  Yao Wang

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringMiguel Modestino
Eray Aydil

Addressing the problems caused by anthropogenic pollution and eliminating emissions producing climate change with innovative technological solutions will require coordinated efforts from different engineering disciplines. Engineering and technology hold the key to a greener, healthier future in a world threatened by pollution and climate change. This cluster will comprise faculty with complementary expertise and the potential to collaborate and develop engineering solutions to Avoid, Mitigate, and Remediate emissions responsible for climate change and environmental contamination and, when these are not possible, find strategies to Adapt to these environmental challenges (AMRAd). The objective is to help establish an ecosystem of students, faculty, researchers, educators, and innovators spanning multiple disciplines with a passion and commitment to sustainability.

The Politics of Space: Data, the City, & Structures of Inequality

Primary school:  Division of Libraries
School contact:  April Hathcock

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Division of LibrariesLauren Kehoe
Knowledge Access DepartmentGioia Stevens
Libraries Department of Data ServicesAndrew Battista
Libraries Department of Journalism & Media, Culture & CommunicationKatherine Boss
Science ServicesLori Salmon

New York University Libraries are integral to the University’s teaching and research infrastructure, which includes support for inquiry into the problems and opportunities of urban societies. The three positions that comprise The Politics of Space: Data, the City, and Structures of Inequality cluster will enhance a University-wide engagement with urban informatics and data literacy, which are essential to understanding how cities operate, change, and thrive. Two positions are intended to bolster inquiry within specific NYU contexts: Steinhardt’s Education and Human Development programs and Stern’s Business and Economics curricula. The third position, Data Services Librarian, is situated within a Libraries’ department that fosters deeply engaged interdisciplinarity and works with many departments to enhance the research data lifecycle at NYU. This cluster anticipates a burgeoning need for information and research technology expertise for those in urban studies-adjacent disciplines at NYU, including educational sociology, educational leadership, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Cities are a register of deep-seated social inequality, often understood through quantitative data analysis and data visualization. NYU Libraries’ Politics of Space cluster looks outward and imagines expanded capacity for urban economics and education disciplines, moored by holistic support for data analysis and visualization across the disciplines at NYU.

Transformative Humanities for All: Building & Sharing the Cultural Record

Primary school:  Division of Libraries
School contact:  April Hathcock

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
Libraries Department of Humanites & Social SciencesGuy Burak
Alla Roylance
Scholarly Communications & Information PolicyZachary Coble
Special Collections & ArchivesNicholas Martin

The cluster was created to bring together faculty in the Libraries: Barbara Goldsmith Center for Preservation and Conservation; Research and Research Services Subdivision; Knowledge Access Department; and the Digital Scholarship Services Department. The cluster will enhance NYU Libraries’ capabilities to support academic and non-academic knowledge production in the humanities and related disciplines at NYU and beyond. The positions in this cluster build upon the advancement of the humanities. The scholarship conducted by the faculty in these cluster positions will center a transformative approach to building and sharing knowledge through critical, ethical inquiries that focus on the (in)visibility of epistemologies from historically and continuously underrepresented communities. The practicality of this cluster’s work will reside in fostering knowledge creation, identifying and acknowledging current and pre-existing knowledge, and focusing on the relationships between the academy and those communities most implicated by any particular area or approach to knowledge creation. The goal of this cluster is to build a transformative humanities that exists beyond the bounds of what has been known as traditional epistemological processes in the interest of more equitable shared knowledge.

Transforming Ecologies in Urban Environments

Primary school:  Arts & Science
School contact:  Susan Anton

Participating departments/unitsDepartment/unit contact
FAS Department of Biology
FAS Department of Environmental Studies

Together with climate change, increasing urbanization presents a key global challenge for the twenty-first century. 83% of the US population currently lives in cities, and 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities by 2050. Increasing urbanization impacts issues from social inequity to the underlying biology of the environment within cities and beyond, and presents an intensifying challenge to an ecologically vital and socially just urban future. With a major presence in New York and 14 other major cities across the globe, we believe that NYU is ideally positioned to galvanize cutting edge research to better understand urban environmental changes, and the social processes that produce and maintain urban social inequality.

Timeline of the cluster hiring process

Timeline of the Cluster Initiative proposal process

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the objectives of the Initiative?

  • Recruit and retain faculty from underrepresented groups that contribute to the academic diversity of the University
  • Encourage and enhance cross-disciplinary research collaboration and the ability to seek external research funding
  • Broaden NYU’s research visibility on key societal problems. Engage in evidence-based research that positively impacts the world by addressing these issues. 
  • Promote faculty engagement with stakeholders within and beyond the university.

How do I develop and submit a cluster proposal?

All cluster proposals MUST be submitted through your school’s dean’s office. The deans of each school will/have set up the process by which cluster proposals should be discussed and developed with relevant faculty, chairs, and deans, and, if approved, submitted. Questions about the process in your school should be directed to the specific contacts listed in the School/Unit Contacts section above.

Can clusters include faculty from two or more schools?

Yes. All cluster proposals, which may include between 3–6 faculty, MUST include faculty from more than one department within a single school, and may include one or more schools. If your cluster proposal includes more than one school, you should be in touch with representatives from each participating school to determine which will submit the proposal.

Who approves cluster proposals?

As with all faculty hires, each school’s dean and the provost approve faculty cluster proposals. Deans approve new clusters by submitting new cluster proposals to the Provost, who then gives final authorization to initiate hiring into the cluster.

What is the role of the Faculty Cluster Advisory Committee (FCAC)?

The FCAC does not approve cluster proposals. Because this is a university-wide initiative, the role of the FCAC is to: help articulate a set of broad, shared, goals for the Initiative; represent faculty across the university to develop shared best practices for successfully recruiting, hiring, supporting, mentoring, retaining and advancing the professional development of cluster faculty; provide feedback on ways cluster proposals might be strengthened in terms of potential connections to human and financial resources that exist across the university; and provide a university-wide process for accountability by helping to determine a common framework for measuring and evaluating progress towards achieving the initiative’s goals. The FCAC is led by Vice Provost Charlton McIlwain. 

Does the Diversifying Faculty Recruitment Working Group approve cluster proposals?

No. This working group consists of representatives from each school and other university offices, who work together to enhance faculty recruitment practices across the university. Their objective is to identify best practices, resources and processes that facilitate effective faculty recruitment and to shape, as necessary, university policies and practices governing faculty recruitment. While the working group outcomes inform the work of the FCAC and the cluster initiative, its purview extends beyond the cluster initiative. The working group is led by Kristen Day, Vice Provost, and Karen Jackson-Weaver, Associate Vice President of Global Inclusive Faculty Engagement and Innovation Advancement. 

Are cluster proposals required to fall under one of the five thematic areas listed in the Roadmap document (Inequality and Anti-racism, Urban Environments, Politics & Problems, Public Humanities, Media, & the Arts, Public Interest Technology, Population Health and Health Equity)?

No. Utilizing these overarching themes to facilitate the organization and focus of clusters is a means to an end. The themes help achieve the goals of the cluster initiative in terms of both hiring outcomes as well as to help distinguish NYU as a leading institution for research and impact in specific areas. However, schools may propose clusters that fall outside of the five areas above so long as they make the case, through the proposal components, that the cluster can achieve the goals and objectives of the initiative.

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