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It Takes a Volunteer: 2023-2025 Cluster Hiring Initiative

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development are pleased to announce a major investment in interdisciplinary work through a cluster hiring initiative.

Chancellor Plowman has committed funding up to $15 million to recruit faculty into several interdisciplinary clusters. As Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is particularly interested in leveraging interdisciplinary cluster hiring strategies to recruit researchers, scholars, and creatives who are deeply connected to the organizations and communities in which their work will have translational impact.

Initiative funding will support the salary costs of 4-6 new tenure-line faculty in each cluster. Funding will be transferred to the tenure-college of each member of the cluster, where it will become part of the college’s annual salary budget.

Start-up funding for new hires will also be provided centrally up to a level of $4 million per cluster.

The proposal process will be managed by the Office of the Provost and by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development.

Letters of intent, no longer than two pages, are due June 24, 2022.

Learn more about the initiative.

UT’s Strategic Vision calls upon all Volunteers to co-create a world enriched by our ideas, improved through our action, and inspired by the Volunteer spirit of service and leadership. With this initiative, UT seeks to address some of the most pressing challenges or exciting opportunities of our times.

We look forward to receiving your letters of intent and considering your ideas.

Deborah Crawford
Vice Chancellor for Research

John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor