Since 1965, when it became one of four PhD-granting university centers in the State University of New York, Binghamton University has enjoyed a strong reputation for research and doctoral education. As its first doctoral programs approach their fiftieth anniversary, Binghamton intends to enhance that reputation through hiring approximately 150 net new tenure-track faculty members between 2012 and 2017.
To ensure that Binghamton makes the most of this rare opportunity, the Provost will allocate a significant portion of these new faculty positions to five transdisciplinary areas of research and scholarship in which the University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence.
Two areas — healthcare and smart energy — emerged in 2010-11, as Binghamton developed its NYSUNY 2020 proposal. Three others were identified by a faculty committee appointed jointly by the Provost and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: citizenship, rights, and cultural belonging; material and visual worlds; and sustainable communities.
All five areas of excellence address critical social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural, and policy issues. By hiring faculty from a variety of disciplines to explore them, Binghamton will develop solutions to complex and consequential problems. Brief descriptions of each area of excellence follow.
Committee members included: Howard Brown (chair, history), Bat Ami Bar On (philosophy), Laura Bronstein (social work), David Clark (political science), Shelley Dionne (management), Mohammad Khasawneh (SSIE), Joseph Keith (English), Adam Laats (education), Florence Margai (geography), Tom McDonough (art history), Randy McGuire (anthropology).