Bucking national trends, the University of Connecticut is moving forward with plans to hire 275 new tenure-track faculty members over the next four years, with particular emphasis in the fields of genomics, education, health insurance and finance.
"Our goal is to dramatically expand our faculty ranks in strategic and meaningful ways to ensure we are the university we want to be in the future," said UConn President Susan Herbst.
The university plans to hire 65 faculty members to begin in the fall, with another 90 hired by the fall of 2013.
Despite the sour economy and state budget troubles, Herbst said, the university is "pursuing this aggressive strategy to transform our institution by generating more research that has national and international impact ... building great graduate programs, providing excellent teaching and service to our undergraduate students, and expanding course offerings."
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