Binghamton University (BU) has received a $6.5 million SUNY grant and is looking to hire 30 replacement faculty and 36 new faculty, Pipe Dream reported.
The grant – part of a $53 million SUNY-wide hiring initiative – will go towards creating faculty positions with a heavy focus on research. The end goal is to boost BU’s national research profile, according to the school.
Over half the money – $3.9 million – will be used for salaries, and the rest will fund faculty benefits, according to BingUNews.
BU deans were asked to create proposals for the new faculty positions. 19 proposals were accepted for the Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science; 13 for the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences; two for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; one for the School of Management; and one for the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
“That’s a really good opportunity because I know a lot of [students] come to [BU] to do extensive research,” said Brandon Nicaj, a first-year majoring in biology. “Like broaden their horizons on stuff they’re interested in. If they find professors and faculty members that meet their needs, then I think it’s a great opportunity for them to branch out in that field.”
BU is also considering constructing new buildings to make room for the incoming faculty.