Mizzou Advantage helps fund hiring of 25 faculty members

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 7:05 p.m. CDT; updated 4:28 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Twenty-five new faculty members will be added at MU over the next five years to improve developing networks in Mizzou Advantage, which has set aside $50,000 in matching and recurring funds for each position as an incentive.

Mizzou Advantage is a developing system that rewards interdisciplinary work and challenges the traditional standard of research at universities, said Charles Davis, a faculty facilitator for the Media of the Future initiative.

According to the MU Provost’s Office, most positions will go to applicants with skills that span different schools within the university. The goal is to initiate research that involves more than one area of expertise.

A plan set in motion by Provost Brian Foster includes three main criteria for the new hires:

  • To bring in people with connections to one or more organizations outside MU, thus creating lasting relationships
  • To bring expertise to MU that supports networks established in Mizzou Advantage’s five initiative areas: Food for the Future, Media of the Future, Sustainable Energy, Understanding and Managing Disruptive and Transformational Technologies and One Health One Medicine
  • To find people with links to a national lab or agency, such as the Argonne National Laboratory, who would be interested in doing large research projects at MU

Four or five hires will be made each year to lessen the load of start-up costs, according to the provost.

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