High Impact Hiring Plan and Call for Proposals
Begun in 2013-14, the (HIHP) leverages our finite pool of resources to recruit new general campus faculty who are most likely to have a transformational impact on the quality, reputation, and impact of our academic mission. Last year, three HIHP proposals were chosen: fMRI Neuroimaging; Air Quality and Climate Change; and In Vivo In Vitro. These projects all embody the full intent of the HIHP. Two additional proposals were awarded as a result of the first call this academic year: Field Hydrology and Critical Theory.
We will not engage in a pre-proposal process in this round. Full proposals are due to the Office of Academic Planning by 5:00 p.m., April 20, 2015, and should be submitted electronically, as a complete package, to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the interest of our ability to respond quickly, proposals received after the due date will be considered in the subsequent round of reviews, currently planned for fall 2015.
Please follow this outline when preparing your proposal:
- Proposal Overview
- Proposal title or topic
- Proposer’s(s’) name(s), units, and UCI email address(es)
- Senior nominee’s(s’) name(s) and proposed primary UCI unit(s)
- If identified, affiliated candidates’ names and proposed primary UCI unit(s)
- One paragraph executive summary of the proposal
- Signatures from all relevant dean(s), chair(s), center or institute director(s), and your Equity Advisor regarding the nomination
- Description of Impact: A 2-4 page thoughtful articulation of the ways in which the individual would advance the University's standing, build on existing strengths, catalyze new inter-school or campus-wide initiatives, enhance our commitment to graduate education and outstanding undergraduate programs, and contribute to the diversification of our faculty community and scholarship; and a description of the major contributions that the individual has made to research and scholarship in his/her field. In other words, present a solid case for your proposal’s potential high impact for UC Irvine.
- An account of how the proposed appointment will contribute toward the campus's commitment to diversity and inclusion. (Please consult with your unit’s Equity Advisor.)
- A description of extramural funding opportunities associated with the proposed plan.
- Information about proposed affiliated candidates for the associated cluster positions, if any, including how their scholarly, scientific, and/or artistic accomplishments contribute to the campus-wide objectives and recruitment strategies of the High Impact Hiring Plan. (Identifying affiliated candidates for a cluster is optional.)
- The CVs of the senior nominee(s) and any affiliated candidates, plus evidence of the senior candidate’s(s’) likely interest in the position; and
- Optional: letters of support from Chairs and Center Directors, if applicable (but not Deans)
Proposals will be put through an extensive process of consultation with campus groups including the Academic Planning Group, academic deans and unit heads, the ADVANCE Program Advising Committee, Distinctions Committee for appropriate candidates, and more specialized ad hoc groups of faculty as needed for expert assessment. Each group will provide the Provost with a recommendation including 1) an assessment of whether the nominee meets the high standard of quality and impact that is required for appointment through this initiative, and 2) an assessment of the nominee's potential, in conjunction with the proposed cluster, to advance the University's standing in strategically significant ways. In light of this guidance, if he concludes that further consideration of the nomination is appropriate, we will initiate discussions with the pertinent dean(s) to develop a recruitment plan. All candidates will be subject to the normal review process for senior faculty appointments.
Any questions about this process or resubmitting previously-declined proposals should be directed to Judith Stepan-Norris, Vice Provost for Academic Planning, at email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us identify and recruit this new group of outstanding faculty leaders.
Michael P. Clark