Indiana University has launched a hiring initiative to recruit 100 new, tenure-track faculty to the Bloomington campus. The university says the IU Bloomington Faculty 100 initiative comes at a time of nearly 12% enrollment growth for the campus since 2012.
IU says it has a record 47,000 students pursuing degrees this year and needs to continue to grow its faculty.
“Now is the time to invest directly in the very heart and future of our great university — in faculty who are essential to student success, to cutting-edge research, and to our university’s ability to contribute to the success of our communities and our state,” said IU President Pam Whitten.
IU says this new effort of increasing the number of IU teaching and research faculty comes about a year after Whitten announced the university-wide Presidential Diversity Hiring Initiative. That campaign, supported by a $30 million fund, intended to accelerate IU’s efforts to hire a more diverse mix of faculty, including researchers.
Earlier this week, Purdue University announced it added more than 200 new faculty members over the past year marking the largest single-year increase in the school’s history. The university said 84 of the 213 new faculty members are the result of new investments through the university’s enrollment growth initiative, its $75 million Equity Task Force, and other initiatives.