Auburn University to hire 500 tenure-track faculty


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is Auburn planning to hire 500 new faculty over the next five years?

A: New Auburn leadership is positioning Auburn to become a top-tier academic, research and service university. Expanding Auburn’s research faculty and scholarly expertise is one of the first steps in that process.

Q: Which colleges and disciplines are being targeted for the new faculty positions?

A: We will target a broad range of strategically selected disciplines across the university.

Q: What is the timeline for these new hires – how quickly will they happen?

A: This will be an evolutionary process, and hiring decisions will be made pending the strategic planning efforts underway and other discussions as we move forward.

Q: How many of these 500 new hires will be for new positions – those not replacing existing faculty expected to leave?

A: While precise numbers are difficult to determine, we expect that approximately 100 of the faculty hired over the next five years to be for newly created positions.

Q: What impact will these new hires have on student-faculty ratios at Auburn?

A: The addition of new faculty should improve Auburn’s current student-faculty ratio of 19:1 according to U.S. News & World Reports.

Q: How will the decisions be made regarding where to add new faculty positions?

A: A formal strategic planning process is being led by Dr. Beth Guertal from the College of Agriculture and Dr. Bruce Tatarchuk from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. In keeping with Auburn’s commitment to shared governance, the strategic planning team will be enlisting insight and expertise from faculty, administrators, development partners and others in identifying key strategic areas.

Q: What new resources will be added to support this increase in faculty and new partner engagement?

A: This same strategic planning team will also be assessing all critical support requirements such as new facilities, equipment, housing, labs, as well as operational and administrative needs for recruiting and on-boarding new faculty and graduate students. But we’ve already begun some of these changes:

  • Late last year we announced our Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research Initiative to foster creativity, facilitate collaboration, and assist Auburn in reaching new levels of research and development distinction. More than 100 proposals were submitted this month.

  • And earlier this year we announced our new Graduate Research Fellowship program designed to support research and innovation by Auburn doctoral students while enhancing their careers as academic and societal leaders.

Q: How will these new faculty additions and expanded resources be funded?

A: We are working in collaboration with Governor Ivey and our development partners as we flesh out our plans and are confident we will have the funding support to accomplish the expansions we envision. We recently completed the most successful funding campaign in the history of the State of Alabama, and we’ve just wrapped up our most successful legislative session in decades. Auburn enjoys excellent working relationships with members of the Alabama legislature, bolstering our confidence in the availability of funding and partnership support to realize our vision.