Now that Illinois has a budget, the University of Illinois officially can launch an initiative aimed at recruiting top faculty, U of I President Tim Killeen says.
The three-year $60 million program was announced in May. The university system said Thursday that the campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield now can make proposals for money to recruit professors. The objective is to bring in tenured, high-achieving faculty in a broad range of academic disciplines.
Under the President's Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program, $10 million would be committed from the university system to recruitment efforts each year, matched by each of the three campuses.
The goal is to hire 10 to 15 new faculty members each year, or 45 over three years.