UI to hire 500 professors in next five to seven years

Faced with declining faculty ranks in recent years, the University of Illinois plans to hire 500 new professors over the next five to seven years.

The news came Monday during a campus town hall meeting where Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida reviewed a strategic planning process being developed and announced several initiatives already under way or soon to be launched.

"All I can say is: Be ready to move," Wise said to an overflow crowd of faculty, staff and students assembled at the Beckman Institute.

The two leaders said the UI will be the pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. In order to hold such a title, Adesida outlined three goals for the campus: improve scholarship, discovery and innovation; provide students with a transformative learning experience; and have an impact on society.

Read more at The News-Gazette.



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