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President Announces Historic Faculty Hiring Initiative

President Announces Historic Faculty Hiring Initiative

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     In a time when many institutions are facing downsizing, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is embarking on its largest faculty hiring initiative ever.  The school plans to hire 23 full-time faculty members for the upcoming academic year, and five for academic year 2011-2012.  The initiative was announced by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.

     “This is a monumental effort towards strengthening our faculty, enhancing academic quality, investing in our core mission, and attaining our vision of being a leading institution at the forefront of baccalaureate colleges when it comes to preparing students for the Real World,” Dr. Spectar stated in a message to the campus community.  “Through the hiring of these critical positions, we will strengthen quality and enhance the distinctiveness of our current programs as well as provide flexibility for future program development.  Pitt-Johnstown is now positioned to be competitive in several key areas of growth such as special education, energy/environmental issues, nursing, healthcare, and new mass media technology.”

     This hiring initiative evolved from the campus’ New Dimension of Excellence Strategic Plan (implemented in April 2008) and a continuous review of program offerings, with the goal of increasing the school’s quality, responsiveness, distinctiveness, and competitiveness.  In launching the initiative, campus leaders look to meet traditional needs as well as to develop new programs that respond to changing student and community needs.  Over the past year, the campus has announced the addition of new programs in computer engineering technology, biochemistry, applied computer science, and healthcare. 

     Dr. Valerie Grash, associate professor of fine arts/studio arts and president of the Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Senate offered, “As you can imagine, we are extremely pleased that, contrary to national trends in higher education, Pitt-Johnstown will be adding such a substantial cohort of full-time faculty this year. We are justifiably proud of the quality undergraduate education we already provide, and this influx of new faculty promises to enhance, even further, our programs of study and the breadth of knowledge and experience our professors bring to the classroom."

     Searches will soon begin for the following positions:

Tenure Stream:
• Sociology – Assistant Professor
• Mathematics – Assistant Professor
• Biology – Assistant Professor (3 positions)
• Chemistry – Assistant Professor (2 positions)
• Electrical Engineering Technology – Assistant Professor (1-2 positions)
• Mechanical Engineering Technology (green/alternative energy) Assistant Professor
• Elementary Education – Assistant Professor
• Early Childhood Education – Assistant Professor
• Secondary Education, Science – Assistant Professor
• Education/Special Education – Associate Professor or Professor
• English – Assistant Professor
• Communication – Assistant Professor
• Communication/Journalism and Mass Media – Assistant Professor
• Nursing – Associate Professor and Assistant Professor

Non-Tenure Stream:
• Business/Management and Marketing – Assistant Professor
• Business/Accounting and Finance – Assistant Professor
• Business/Accounting and Finance – Assistant Professor
• Nursing – Assistant Professor

      Searches will be held next year for the following tenure stream positions for academic year 2011-2012:
• Business/Healthcare Management
• Green Chemistry
• Energy and Environmental Sustainability
• Special Education
• Health (Management) Information Technology

     Pitt-Johnstown Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan Teich expects the searches to get underway immediately.  He commented, “We are committed to offering extremely high-quality programs that will benefit our students in their future career pursuits.  This faculty expansion will allow us to develop new programs that will be timely and relevant in today’s world.”

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 2/5/2010 8:25:00 AM