Recruitment at NYU
NYU is committed to obtaining talented, dedicated, and distinguished faculty and researchers to help the University achieve both scholarly eminence in research and the highest levels of pedagogical impact in the classroom and beyond. Learn more about opportunities to teach, research, or practice your discipline in a vibrant and inspiring environment.
As one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education that produces and distributes knowledge and expertise, develops new generations of global professionals, citizens and leaders - NYU has both a great opportunity and responsibility to be a force for positive change.
The Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative represents one significant step NYU is taking to effect that change, by recruiting, supporting, and elevating the most innovative faculty whose diverse research, life experience, commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, dedication to building inclusive educational environments, and commitment to public engagement advances NYU’s academic excellence and our impact in the world. We invite you to learn more about NYU’s approved clusters and to apply if interested.
Goals & Objectives
The Faculty Cluster Initiative’s goals and objectives provide an opportunity to steer our collective efforts to recruit new faculty to NYU. These goals include:
Advancing NYU’s priorities to significantly increase the proportion of NYU’s full time faculty
whose diverse research, life experience, commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, dedication to building inclusive educational environments and commitment to public engagement, advances NYU’s academic excellence, prepares us to holistically model support and mentorship for students, researchers, and other faculty from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and build our capacity to positively impact the world.
Intentionally supporting faculty retention & interdisciplinary collaboration
by building and sustaining a vibrant community of scholars that incentivizes intellectual engagement, professional development and advancement, social and emotional support, and the ability to engage in and produce cooperative research and scholarship.
Distinguishing NYU as an innovative leader producing and distributing research and scholarship, teaching and learning that addresses some of the most urgent, complex, and persistent scientific, social and political challenges of our time
by building critical masses of faculty who possess diverse expertise, research backgrounds, methodological training, underrepresented perspectives, interdisciplinary focuses, and connections to communities of concern.
Expanding NYU’s global impact
by enabling cluster faculty to secure greater external research funding, develop public and private partnerships, and increase public visibility for research outcomes, and facilitate opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that engage communities to make positive change addressing the issues that align with established and new university priorities including, but not limited to: inequality; the urban environment; climate science, sustainability and environmental justice; artificial intelligence and public interest technology; and public humanities.
Changing the culture of faculty search and recruitment
such that the outcomes we look to achieve through the cluster initiative, and the strategies we use to pursue them, become the norm by which NYU departments, schools, colleges, campuses and the University as a whole recruit, develop and advance faculty.
Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative Roadmap
Cluster Hire Proposal Components & Submission Process
Each cluster proposal must include information that provides an overview of the proposed cluster, its proposers, and the anticipated composition of the cluster; details about how the proposed cluster will facilitate achievement the goals of the initiative; a preliminary scoping of potential faculty that might be recruited; and a proposed plan for conducting the recruitment process, review and final decisions about hiring cluster faculty. Each of the proposal elements below will be incorporated into a standard form that respective Schools’ Dean’s Office will complete and submit.
- Proposed Cluster Title
- Proposer Names, Brief Bios
- University Priority Area of Best Fit
- 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)
- How will the formation of the cluster help to advance NYU’s priorities to significantly increase the proportion of NYU’s full time faculty whose diverse research, life experience, commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, dedication to building inclusive educational environments and commitment to public engagement, advances NYU’s academic excellence, prepares us to holistically model support and mentorship for 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 complex and persistent scientific, social and political challenges, problems or opportunities will this cluster address? What impact can the proposed cluster have in addressing these issues that would not be possible without the cluster? How will the issues the cluster will address strengthen our ability to recruit faculty in a way that helps us achieve the goal articulated above (a)?
- How will the formation of the cluster strengthen our ability to produce innovative, cutting-edge research in a way that distinguishes us as a leader in the proposed research area(s)?
- How will the formation of the cluster strengthen our ability to seek and 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.?) and what will the represented School(s) and departments do to help insure the success of the cluster as a whole, and each individual faculty in terms of progress towards tenure/promotion or other professional goals? 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.
- Briefly describe the fields of research involved in your proposed cluster in terms of the representation of existing/emerging faculty from historically underrepresented groups. What opportunities and challenges exist in these fields to produce a diverse pool of potential candidates?
- For each faculty position (including their respective rank) proposed for this cluster, identify 1-2 individuals (with links to bios/CVS) whose research profile exemplify the faculty you seek to recruit if your cluster proposal is approved.
Please submit the Faculty Cluster Hiring Proposal using the template below. Upload completed proposal to Faculty Cluster Hiring Proposal Submission in Interfolio.
Please note: all sections of the proposal template must be completed. Proposals will be returned with a request for resubmission if sections are incomplete.
Schools/Units must submit individual proposals for each cluster proposed. That is to say, if a school or unit is proposing more than one faculty cluster, the school or unit must prepare and submit a separate hiring proposal for each cluster.
- Download Faculty Cluster Hiring Proposal template
- Edit the template in Adobe Acrobat to create your Faculty Cluster Hiring Proposal
- Save it to your computer as a new file using the following naming convention: School/Unit_Title of Cluster
- Go to Interfolio to submit your proposal (Select: Apply Now)
- Upload completed Faculty Cluster Hiring Proposal document
- Complete Personal Information Section (Select: I prefer not to disclose my educational information)
- Complete Faculty Cluster Hiring Form in Interfolio
- Select Submit
- Interfolio will send you an automatic response confirming your submission
Cluster Hire Proposal Questions? School/Unit Contact List
- FAS, Jonathan Lipman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gallatin, Millery Polyne, email@example.com
- Global Public Health, Ana Abraido, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Institute for Fine Arts (IFA), Brenda Shrobe, email@example.com
- Institute for Fine Arts (IFA), Edward Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), Marc LeBlanc, email@example.com
- Law, Lisa Waldman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- NYU Libraries, April Hathcock, email@example.com
- NYU Shanghai, Maria Montoya, firstname.lastname@example.org
- NYU Shanghai, Patty Mouzakitis, email@example.com
- SPS, Karen Krahulik, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steinhardt, LaRue Allen, email@example.com
- Stern, Susanna Stein, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tandon, Yao Wang, email@example.com
- Tisch, Karen Shimakawa, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tisch, Fred Carl, email@example.com
- Tisch, Carrie A Meconis, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wagner, Rajeev Dehehjia, email@example.com
Faculty Cluster Advisory Committee
View Full List of Faculty Cluster Advisory Committee Members
Name, School/Unit, Department
- Gbenga Ogedegbe, CGPH, Pop Health
- Jose Pagan, CGPH, Public Health & Policy Mgmt
- Michael Overton, Courant, Computer Science
- Nigel W. Bunnett, Dentistry, Molecular Pathobiology
- Ann Morning, FAS, Sociology
- Cate Hartley, FAS, Neuroscience
- Crystal Parikh, FAS, SCA
- Elizabeth Ellis, FAS, History
- Susan Anton, FAS, Dean, Graduate School
- Jasna Brujic, FAS, Physics
- Jennifer Morgan, FAS, SCA
- Kirsten Edepli, FAS/Abu Dhabi, Biology
- Martin Klimke, FAS/Abu Dhabi, History
- Jacob Faber, FAS/Wagner, Sociology
- Kimberly DaCosta, Gallatin, Sociology
- Millery Polyne, Gallatin, N/A
- Deborah Archer, Law, Clinical Law
- April Hathcock, Libraries, Associate Dean, Faculty
- Bei Wu, Nursing, Gerontology
- Aisha Oliver-Staley, OGC, N/A
- Karen Jackson-Weaver, OGI, N/A
- Kris Day, Provost Office, Academic Appointments
- Stacie Bloom, Provost Office, Research
- Gigi Dopico, Provost Office, Undergraduate Affairs
- Charlton McIlwain, Provost Office, Faculty Engagement & Development
- Nancy Daneau, Provost Office, Sponsored Programs
- Michael Lindsey, Silver School, N/A
- Lorena Llosa, Steinhardt, Teaching and Learning
- L'Heureux McCoy, Steinhardt, Applied Statistics Sociology Humanities
- Hiro Yoshikawa, Steinhardt, Applied Psychology
- Dolly Chugh, Stern, Management
- Luke DuBois, Tandon, Tech, Culture, & Society
- Juan Bello, Tandon, CUSP
- Sundeep Rangan, Tandon, NYU Wireless
- Karen Shimakawa, Tisch
- Ingrid Ellen, Wagner, N/A
- Maria E. Montoya, Shanghai
Cluster Hiring Resources
Examples of Cluster Hire Job Descriptions
- Assistant or Associate Professor, African American Studies & Artificial Intelligence, University of Florida
- Assistant Professor, Black American Music and Social Justice, Washington State University
- Assistant Professor, Black Digital Media Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
- Assistant Professor, Dissemination and Implementation Science, San Diego State University
- Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, San José State University
- Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, San Diego State University
- Assistant Professor, Human Genetics, Clemson University
- Assistant Professor, Public Law and Race in America, San Diego State University
- Assistant Professor, Social Justice in the Built Environment, Washington State University
- Assistant Research Professor (Faculty Fellows), Data Science, University of Connecticut
- Associate Professor, Law, University of Connecticut Law School
- Open Rank Tenure, Tenure Track - Race and Inequality Health Disparities, University of Virginia
- Professors of Education, in Education Policy and Applied Research Methods, University of Virginia
- Tenured Associate/Full Professor, Public Engagement with Science, Technology, Innovation, Arizona University
- Assistant Professor, Global Humanities, San Jose State University
- Associate or Full Professor, Cluster Hire in Carbon-based Electronics and Photonics, NC State University
- Diversity and Equity Cluster Hire, California State University at San Marcos
- Assistant Professor, Art Therapy, Syracuse University
- Assistant/Associate Professor, Emerging Technologies & the Future of Work and Workers, Syracuse University
- Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University
- Assistant/Associate Curator, AI and Biological and/or Cultural Diversity Past and Present, University of Florida
- Assistant/Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science (Tenure-Track/Tenured), Syracuse University
- Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Integrative Precision Agriculture, University of Georgia
- Associate Professor/Full Professor of Economics, Syracuse University
- Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Syracuse University
- Assistant Professor, Statistics, Syracuse University
- Associate/Full Professor of Journalism, Trust and Democracy, Syracuse University
- Open Rank Faculty Position, Environmental Resilience & Equity, University of Virginia
- Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Liberal Arts, Experimental and Foundation Studies, Digital Media), Rhode Island School of Design
- Assistant or Associate Professor of Polar Climate-Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies-Asian American Studies Emphasis, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
- Assistant Professor, History and Africana Studies, Drexel University
- Assistant, Associate or Professor of Genetics-Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Assistant, Associate or Professor of Quantum Science and Engineering - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Associate Professor or Professor, Environmental Humanities (Native American & Indigenous Studies), Syracuse University
- Diversity in Physical and Cognitive Health in Late Life, University of Texas at Austin
- Open Rank - Biosocial Approaches to Health Disparities, University of Texas at Austin
- Open Rank - Diversity in Cognitive Functioning, University of Texas at Austin
- Presidential Fellows Cluster Hiring Initiative, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Professor of Mathematics - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Fine Arts), Rhode Island School of Design
- Tenured Associate or Full Professor, History and Africana Studies, Drexel University
- Assistant Professor of Glaciology, Ice Flow Modeling - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor in Statistics - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Assistant Professor, Hydrology - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Assistant Professor, Societal Aspects of Sexual Violence - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Professor, Data Science - Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cluster Hiring Initiatives at Other Universities
- Cluster Hires, Syracuse University
- Cluster Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Faculty Hiring Initiatives, Provost’s Office, University of Georgia
- Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative, Office of the Provost, Washington University in St. Louis
- UCI Black Thriving Initiative Faculty Cluster Hiring Program Call for Proposals, UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Cluster Hiring Initiative FAQs
- 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 ability to seek external research funding; broaden our research visibility on key societal problems and ability to positively impact the world by addressing these issues through evidence-based research and faculty engagement with stakeholders with and beyond the university. For more info on the initiatives goals and objectives, see Roadmap Doc p.1
- 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 the specific contacts provided under the "Cluster Hire Proposal Questions? School/Unit Contact List" tab 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. For more info on parameters for cluster proposals see Roadmap Doc p.4
- 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, to 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, to 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 to provide a university-wide process for accountability, that is, 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. For more info on the FCAC, see Roadmap Doc p.3-4. You can find the names of the FCAC members under the “Faculty Cluster Advisory Committee” tab above.
- 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 Vice Provost Kristen Day and Associate Vice President of Global Inclusive Faculty Engagement and Innovation Advancement Karen Jackson-Weaver.
- Are cluster proposals required to fall under one of the five thematic areas listed in the Roadmap Doc (Inequality, Urban, Public Humanities and the arts, Public Interest Tech, Health Equity)?
NO. Utilizing these overarching themes to facilitate the organization and focus of clusters is a means to an end, to help achieve the goals of the cluster initiative in terms of both hiring outcomes as well as 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 below, that the cluster can achieve the goals and objectives of the initiative. For more information about cluster thematic areas, see Roadmap Doc, p. 5.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
NYU is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). HERC assists job seekers locate higher education careers in Connecticut and New York. It connects diverse, talented job seekers with career opportunities across a wide range of higher education. The consortium also provides resources to assist in higher education job searches including support for dual-career couples and families.
Faculty First-Look (FFL) is offered at the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and Tandon School of Engineering and provides scholars with opportunities for on-site (and virtual) instruction and social engagement with NYU faculty, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students, deans, and administrators, in an effort to help scholars better understand and be more prepared to launch a faculty career. Learn more about the NYU Faculty First-Look Scholar Alumni.