Happy New Year! Winter term is underway and research and innovation are front of mind for many of us on campus. We recently announced a trio of incentives to encourage proposal submissions from UO researchers. Additionally, we are continuing to offer programs such as our New Junior Faculty Research Award and developing new initiatives to inspire innovative interdisciplinary collaborations.
In the year ahead, we look forward to working with President Schill to achieve our institutional aspirations and fulfill our mission as a preeminent public research university. We support President Schill’s comprehensive plan to expand our research infrastructure and increase the ranks of our research-active, tenure-track faculty by 80 to 100 over the next five years. In the coming weeks, you will be hearing some good news on the faculty hiring front as we announce the arrival of a team of researchers recruited as part of our Clusters of Excellence initiative. By focusing our efforts on attracting and retaining the people who make us great, we truly are investing in our future. Through our efforts we will continue to heighten our impact and raise the profile of our research.
Last month our office partnered with President Schill to officially welcome our newest faculty members at an evening reception at McMorran House. The event, which drew faculty from creative writing, geography, biology, education sciences and other disciplines, underlined the important role our new faculty members play in the evolution of the university and provided the perfect opportunity for us all to get to know each other better.
Our faculty are supported by our hard-working research services staff. We will be gathering early next month to recognize employee excellence in research administration at our Fifth Annual Administrative Excellence Awards. I’ll be joining with OVPRI staff members, DGAs, and research directors to honor both an individual and an administrative team for their extraordinary service and contributions to excellence.
Later this spring we will be honoring our outstanding faculty at the Research Excellence Awards ceremony, which celebrate the the significant impact of UO faculty members engaged in research and scholarly activity. The event will once again be co-hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and include the Distinguished Teaching Awards. Nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Awards remain open through Thursday, January 28. We will be begin accepting nominations for the Faculty Research Excellence Awards in February. Thank you for your assistance in encouraging recognition of our outstanding faculty.
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning