Georgia State has awarded six new proposed research clusters with new faculty hires in the third round of the university’s Second Century Initiative. The six new research clusters include Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Achievement for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Microbial Pathogenesis, Neuroethics, Portfolios of the Atlanta Poor, Shaping the Future of Cities, and Therapeutics.
Georgia State has awarded eight new proposed research clusters with new faculty hires in the second round of the university’s Second Century Initiative. The eight new research clusters include the Atlanta Census Research Data Center;Eliminating Health Disparities for Individuals with Development Disabilities; Exploring and Testing Strategies for Obesity Reversal; Health Information Technology; Neurogenomics; Primate Social Cognition, Evolution and Behavior; Stellar Astrophysics; and Trans-cultural Conflict and Violence.
Big data and analytics, integrating geographic information science-geovisualization and community engagement in the study of hazards in urban environments, mathematical and computational modeling of diseases, and translational immunology
February 14, 2014: Decisions related to Letters of Interest made.
March 14, 2014: Full Proposals due for those Letters of Interest accepted for Phase 2.
April 11, 2014: Faculty committee reviews completed.
May 9, 2014: Funding decisions made.
Proposals are to be routed through the dean(s) or directors of the participating academic or research unit(s) and then to the Provost. If multiple colleges, schools and/ or centers are participating, one dean or director must be designated as the lead. Academic units can be the “lead unit” on no more than two proposals. All participating chairs, directors, and deans must endorse the proposal and clearly state their reasons for supporting the application in a cover letter. These chairs, directors and deans must also provide a clear statement that they will provide the necessary space, facilities, start-up, and staff needed to support the proposal’s success.
In order to ensure broad faculty input, a university-wide faculty committee, appointed by and advisory to the Provost, will be appointed to review and comment on the proposals and provide written feedback to the Provost. Nominations for members to serve on the faculty review committee will be made by chairs of the University Senate Executive and Research Committees.
Each dean and/or director will rank all proposals in which their units are the lead and provide a paragraph justifying for each ranking.
The Provost, in consultation with the President, will use the proposal ratings and evaluations by deans and/or directors, and by the review committee to inform funding decisions. Proposals may be approved in full or with modifications.
Upon 2CI proposal funding approval, a single search committee will be formed for each funded 2CI proposal to coordinate the recruiting of the high-impact cluster leader, and must include representation from all units involved in the proposal. The “lead dean or director” will be responsible for overseeing the search.
All hiring will be conducted in accordance with the university’s faculty and staff hiring processes and equal opportunity policies. The “lead dean or director” in the approved proposal is responsible for obtaining approval from the Provost’s Office before extending any offer. Funding decisions are not official until the offer is approved by the Provost’s Office and accepted by the candidate.
2CI funding will be transferred as a base budget increase to the appropriate unit in the FY in which the faculty member is hired.
Once hired, the high-impact cluster leader will establish the proposal committee to develop the follow-on cluster hiring proposal. The high-impact cluster leaders will be “expected” to submit the follow-on cluster proposal no later than the end of their first semester at GSU. The follow-on cluster proposal will be submitted, following the routing and signoffs described in #1 above, directly to the provost’s office for an expedited review.