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Strategic Excellence Hiring Proposal Approved for Advertising/Computer Science Professor

1/9/2013  8:00 am

In 2011 the University of Illinois launched a campus wide faculty hiring initiative called the Illinois Strategic Excellence Hiring Program. The program was designed to foster the recruitment of exceptional scholars and to attract leading faculty who will foster multi‐disciplinary research teams that can address critical societal problems.

“We know we have strategic needs and there are holes in certain areas we need to fill,” said Barbara Wilson, vice provost for academic affairs. “With this new program, we’ve got the capacity to make some strategic and significant hiring.” Wilson said the new program will be focused on strategic goals established by the university that include the following “cluster” areas:

  • Information, technology and society
  • Human health and wellness
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Culture, communication and global issues

“We need to be thinking more strategically,” she said, “so it’s really designed around ‘What are our campus’ strengths?’ We asked, ‘What is the UI known for nationally and internationally?’ ”

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering teamed up to propose the hiring of a Professor of Computational Advertising. More information about the position can be found here.