Faculty & Research

Cluster Hiring Initiative

The College of Engineering cluster hiring initiative was launched in January 2020. The initiative aims to facilitate interdisciplinary strategic hiring within the College to:

  • Bridge gaps in existing faculty expertise where a critical new hire could lead to significant advances and increase reputation in that area.
  • Catalyze, encourage and foster interdisciplinary research across departments, in innovative and exciting fields of study.
  • Increase diversity and improve equity and inclusion.
  • Address enrollment growth and strategic teaching needs.

2020 is the first year in a multi-year, faculty-driven process where available positions in the College will be reserved for cluster hires. We anticipate that the first round will result in the selection of 3–5 clusters for hiring and that could continue over 2–3 years.

View the Request for Proposals and download a proposal template.

Cluster hire proposals will be evaluated using a rubric that is grounded in the sections of the proposal template and the discussion prompts and ideas from the Feb. 27, 2020 cluster hire event focused on developing strong cluster hire proposals (UW NetID required). Proposals that demonstrate research innovation and impact and which provide thoughtful, specific content throughout all elements of the proposal will be more highly rated than proposals with general descriptions or typical or run-of-the-mill strategies or ideas. The rubric will also positively rate best practice strategies and ideas which may not be novel but are being newly applied to the cluster hire departments, team, process, etc.

Key dates and deadlines

  • March 18, 2020
    Proposals due
  • March 18–April 17
    First-stage review by evaluators
  • April 17–May 1
    Second-stage review by Chairs, proposal presentations
  • May 15
    Proposals selected
  • May 15–June 30
    Cluster hiring prep meetings to work on ads, rubrics, recruitment/outreach plans. Search committees and ads finalized
  • August 2020
    Advertisements posted

Upcoming events

  • Virtual presentations of down-selected proposals
    • April 28, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • April 30, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
    More info coming soon


  • FAQ (coming soon)