I am happy to announce the release of 26 academic positions (http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/253192.pdf) for a new round of hiring over the next 2 years.
These positions are now in the queue and will be released for recruitment in phases as we continue recruiting for more than 25 specialist and advisor positions yet unfilled from the 2014 process. This new release continues our commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving our goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, we will consider additional positions.
At present, we are also exploring the opportunities to expand academic numbers using non-traditional funding models, such as sharing positions and leveraging resources with public and private partners. Furthermore, given that needs change and new challenges emerge that must be addressed quickly, we are optimistic we have some flexibility to react to new needs.
I want to thank Program Council, UC ANR academics, county and REC directors, program directors and our stakeholders for the time and effort everyone has put into identifying position needs for the future and helping to prioritize those needs. It is a lengthy process, but one that is critical to the future direction and impact of UC ANR. Given that more than 130 positions were submitted (http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Planning/2016_Call_for_Position), you can imagine the task that Program Council had in making recommendations to me.
After receiving their recommendations, I carefully considered the projected budgets, current expenditures associated with new academic hires, the commitment to increasing our academic footprint, and our goal of ensuring that salaries of current and future academics are competitive so that we recruit and retain the very best for our UC ANR programs.
Again, thank you all for your contributions to this effort! Like you, I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues!
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