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Posted On April 9, 2010 by Andrea Jones
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GSU recruits new faculty to strengthen research

ATLANTA – Georgia State University will recruit new faculty in eight target areas in the first round of a five year hiring initiative aimed to build internationally recognized scholarly strength around research themes.

The Second Century Initiative (2CI), which launched in November, is designed to build upon existing strengths and strategic plans and accelerate collaborative faculty research. The initiative’s goal is to add 100 faculty members over the next five years.

This year, faculty and deans submitted 56 proposals to recruit clusters of faculty around defined themes and individual high impact hires with demonstrated capabilities in scholarship. Those proposals were narrowed to eight in a competitive selection process for funding.  Faculty hired under this first phase of 2C1 will begin in the fall of 2011.

“We were delighted with the caliber of the proposals,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Risa Palm. “Among the goals we hope to achieve through this program are a significant increase in our level of competitive, federally funded research, and the elevation of GSU’s overall recognition for excellence in research and scholarly and creative work.”

The eight winning proposals and areas of focus include diagnostics, neuroimaging, evidence-based policy, law, media and ethics, new media, Chinese language and culture, bioinformatics, and health justice.

1. Diagnostics (points of contact:  Binghe Wang, Chair, Professor and GRA Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery, Chemistry/Julia Hilliard Co-Chair, Professor and GRA Eminent Scholar in virology, Biology) – biology and chemistry

The departments of chemistry and biology will collaborate to hire three new faculty in diagnostics: in probe development, biomarkers and sensors.  This plan builds on GSU’s extraordinary existing strength in the field of biomedical research.

2. Neuro imaging (point of contact : David Washburn, Chair, Department of Psychology) – psychology and neuroscience

The departments of psychology and neuroscience will hire one high impact hire, a senior scholar with expertise  in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)  and other neuroimaging paradigms. With the new GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imagining, Georgia State has the facilities to become a world-class center for functional neuroimaging.

3. Evidence-based policy (point of contact: Paul Ferraro, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies) – economics and public policy

The departments of economics, public management and policy, along with several research centers within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will hire three scholars who are leaders in the field of evidence-based policy research, which aims to inform public policy by rigorously established objective empirical evidence. The cluster hires will involve one senior scholar who is a leader in evidence-based policy research in the field of education, a junior scholar with expertise in policy-relevant field experiments, and a senior scholar who is a leader in performance measurement and management research.

4. Law, policy and ethics (point of contact: Charity Scott, Director, College of Law Center for Law Health & Society) – law, business

The Colleges of Law and Business will collaborate to hire three faculty around the research theme of the legal and ethical governance of businesses in healthcare, life sciences and biotechnology markets. The proposal builds on existing strengths and collaborations between the colleges of law and business.

5. New media (point of contact: David Cheshier, chair department of communications) – communications, music, art, English

The Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music and the departments of communication and English will collaborate to hire a three-faculty cluster centered on new media, with an additional line committed by the College. The  proposal includes hires in new media production, interactive media design, digital sound design and digital literacy.

6. Chinese language and culture (point of contact: Gayle Nelson, Coordinator of International Programs, College of Arts and Sciences) – political science, business, modern and classical languages

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Robinson College of Business will establish an inter-college three faculty cluster hire  in Chinese Studies. The proposal calls for two positions in the College of Arts and Sciences, one in Chinese language and pedagogy in the department of modern and classical languages, and one in the department of political science, who will specialize in Chinese politics and relationships between politics and economics. The hire in RCB will focus on Chinese business.

7. Bioinformatics (point of contact: Yi Pan, chair, department of computer science) – computer science, biology, chemistry, mathematics

The computer science department, along with the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics will collaborate to recruit one high impact hire in bioinformatics. Bioinformatics research has grown exponentially in the last decade response to the deluge of data generated by biotechnology advances. The computer science department will bring in an eminent scholar in the area to bring national and international recognition to GSU in the field.

8. Building capacity in health justice (point of contact: Richard Rothenberg, Institute of Public Health) – public health, law

The Institute of Public Health with the collaboration of the Center for Law, Health, and Society will hire three faculty to augment and advance Georgia State’s commitment to the issue of health disparities.  The three scholars that will be hired, an epidemiologist, a social scientist and a legal scholar, will provide multi-level involvement in these issues and will draw together faculty from many units at the university.