Strategies for Cluster Faculty Hires

Topics: Faculty Productivity and Incentives, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, Interdisciplinary Research, Research Enterprise

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Research Questions

  • Who identifies potential faculty for cluster hires?
  • What collaborative strategies do deans employ to hire faculty in multidisciplinary clusters?
  • What incentives encourage clusters to produce interdisciplinary research after their creation?


Cluster faculty hires increase institutions’ research capabilities surrounding strategic research priorities. This brief outlines cluster hire strategies at five research universities. It explores the initiation of cluster hires, collaboration among deans, and strategies to ensure faculty continue cluster research.