Theme 2

Becoming a Nationally Recognized Research Institution

Act of Determination 4 -- Acquiring New Faculty in Arts & Sciences STEM Departments

As faculty retire and are replaced, and as new faculty lines are added, Arts & Sciences departments will plan strategically by identifying areas for specialization that pertain to Baylor’s mission and vision and by focusing resources for competitiveness in external grant support and research productivity. Because Pro Futuris identifies the health sciences as central to the future of Baylor, some lines vacated by retirements in these departments will be reconfigured. Hiring in research clusters is one approach that will enable productive research in the health sciences and other fields. Such a strategy should consider joint appointments with the School of Engineering and Computer Science and with medical schools, such as the Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Health (refer to Theme 4).

We project the need for at least 40 faculty lines, many with an emphasis on health, in the sciences during the coming decade with levels of research productivity commensurate with Carnegie RU/VH expectations (refer to Appendix 2D).

Action Steps:
  • By Fall 2014 the Dean, in consultation with department chairs in the Arts & Sciences STEM fields, will determine best practices regarding start-up needs, space needs, infrastructural support, and release time for new faculty to conduct research at Carnegie RU/VH levels.
  • By Spring 2015 the Dean will form a taskforce to study different space plans for growth in Arts & Sciences STEM for new and replacement faculty hires considering the following options (refer to Theme 4 -- AOD 1):
    • To convert space currently planned for future classrooms in the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) into research space, allowing for approximately six to eight new research faculty in addition to the four positions yielded from retirements;
    • To move existing teaching classrooms, except the three auditoriums, out of the BSB and convert these areas into research space;
    • To move faculty whose research does not require specialized services (ventilation, gas, treated water, etc.) to the hub of the BSB into spaces now used as classrooms;
    • To construct a Clinical Health Sciences facility (refer to Theme 4).