As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, North Carolina State University is proud to announce the second phase of hiring in the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program, a cluster hire program spanning academic colleges and other partners to enhance interdisciplinary research strengths and the development of innovative curricula. To date, 24 of 38 faculty positions have been filled in 12 clusters of scholars.
As part of this university-wide program, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Applied Ecology, and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources have formed a cluster in "Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being." We hired two senior faculty for this cluster last year (view the faculty cluster profiles of Scott Mills and Craig Layman). Building on this successful first round of hiring, we are currently hiring one Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences to complete this cluster of three faculty. We seek leaders in any area of evolutionary biology or ecology under this theme. Although we are targeting an Assistant Professor, exceptional applicants at the Associate or Full Professor rank will be considered. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong vision for their vibrant research program, a commitment to leadership in the area of Global Environmental Change, and commitment to excellence and innovation in graduate and/or undergraduate education.
This cluster will strengthen and bridge a broad range of emerging initiatives at NC State including: 1) the Southeast Climate Science Center; 2) the NC Museum of Natural Sciences; and 3) programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
We envision that our proposed cluster will provide the leadership to bridge related but disparate research programs across colleges at NC State, and will greatly increase our visibility in Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being, both nationally and internationally. Our cluster will capitalize on momentum generated by two new initiatives at NC State:
The Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) is now located at NC State University. The SECSC will invest in research conducted by NC State University faculty and students, and in graduate training. The SECSC has already led to the creation of the Global Change Forum that virtually links together NC State and other faculty and students ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ and their ideas ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ to further understanding of global environmental change.
The Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh just opened in spring 2012. This new center offers unprecedented opportunities for collaboration and public outreach on Global Change, and a number of joint hires with NC State have recently been completed.
The focus of this cluster hire also benefits from an ideal geographic location in the Research Triangle of North Carolina – we are currently the fastest urbanizing area in the country, with a variety of environments from the ocean to mountains that are expected to respond in different ways to climate and global change. NC State has the capacity for advanced analysis in this area because of our additional strengths in math, statistics, geospatial analysis, atmospheric science, and other areas. Our cluster will harness those strengths to address global changes and help solve important problems for society. View our cluster area proposal abstract here.
Announced in September 2011 as part of the University's 2011-2020 strategic plan, "The Pathway to the Future", the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program invests $5 million to facilitate partnership of academic colleges and hire individual scholars or small groups (clusters) of scholars in strategically important areas to further the University's teaching and research mission. In February 2012, seventeen (17) proposals were selected and funded in the following twelve (12) cluster areas: Bioinformatics, Data-driven Science, Digital Transformation of Education, Environmental Health Science, Forensic Sciences, Genetic Engineering and Society, Geospatial Analytics, Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being, Innovation and Design, Personalized Medicine, Synthetic and Systems Biology, and Translational Regenerative Medicine. Proposals were selected based on criteria related to their ability to achieve national eminence, alignment with the University's strategic priorities, demonstration of interdisciplinarity, the potential to build on existing strength, opportunity for faculty to engage in research and teaching on the topic, the ability to attract funding, commitment to share resources and infrastructure, inclusion of multiple colleges, and the demonstration of a balanced hiring plan with clear leadership. As a result, NC State will hire 38 faculty members in the 12 research areas or "clusters" as noted above.
Founded in 1887, NC State University is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service. It is the largest university in the state, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. NC State is one of two research-extensive institutions in the 17 campus University of North Carolina system. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 31 universities nationwide with both "very high" research activity and notable community engagement. NC State consistently ranks among the nation's top public universities and best higher-education values. Its historic strengths in science and technology are supported by its commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of fields, and its research strength is complemented by its extensive community engagement. Distinguished faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and fellows in a large number of professional associations.
NC State is organized into 10 colleges that offer baccalaureate degrees in more than 110 fields, master's degrees in over 100 fields, and doctoral degrees in 61. The University has 60+ interdisciplinary research centers across a comprehensive array of disciplines. The University is ranked seventh in industry-funded research and third in total state and local research among national research universities. The continuing growth of research is a high priority.
National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. The capitol of North Carolina, Raleigh is situated in the Piedmont section of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean two hours to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains three hours to the west. Raleigh is the second-largest city in North Carolina, with more than 400,000 residents. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park (RTP) are compelling reasons for relocation to the area. A compilation of accolades from 2011 for the Raleigh area can be found here. Find out more about working,living, playing and learning in the Triangle at www.workinthetriangle.com.