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Building Faculty Excellence

Over its history, Rutgers has attracted outstanding scholars, many of whom have brought special distinction through their research and discoveries. But the best universities must constantly renew and build the excellence of their faculty.

Rutgers made significant progress in this regard. An influx of newly endowed chairs in critical disciplines brought Rutgers a world-class cohort of senior and mid-career scholars. Long-awaited facilities for chemistry, life sciences, nursing, engineering, and nutritional sciences were constructed to replace outdated buildings. And more than $50 million was dedicated to strengthening Rutgers’ prominence in the humanities and commitment to faculty diversity and mentoring.

Attracting and Retaining Top Faculty

From 2013 to 2019, externally endowed professorships at Rutgers increased from 41 to 89, while 30 additional internally funded professorships helped recruit and retain preeminent senior scholars and outstanding mid-career faculty.

A $42 million Investment in Faculty Diversity

Rutgers invested $42 million in presidential strategic funds to recruit, retain, and mentor diverse faculty, in a program that will run until June 2024.

Prominence in the Humanities

A five-year $10 million plan supported strategies to ensure that the humanities retain their traditional strength as Rutgers grows.

Research Productivity and Distinction

The growing strength of Rutgers research is reflected in research and development expenditures that rose by more than $200 million in five years.

Commitment to Teaching and Mentoring

Rutgers implemented a new teaching evaluation system that relies on student surveys, peer observations, and course material review, and also developed career tracks for non-tenure-track faculty and part-time lecturers.