University of Wisconsin–Madison

Strategic Hiring Initative

The Strategic Hiring Initiative provides $1 million dollars from the Office of the Provost to help fund the initial years of high-priority faculty hires. The funding is available to provide assistance for recruitment and retention, on a case-by-case basis, in the following categories:

  1. Tenured or Tenure-Track Minority

    Funding is available for recruitment or retention of targeted minorities defined as Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander (in areas where they are under-represented). Funding for the Anna Julia Cooper Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available when the fellowship offer is coupled with the offer of an assistant professorship.

  2. Tenured or Tenure-Track Women Faculty

    Funding is available for recruitment or retention of women in areas where they are under-represented. Priority will be given to recruitment or retention of women in the sciences and engineering.

  3. Dual-Career Couples

    Dual-Career Couple funding may be used to recruit or retain a tenure-track faculty member by hiring the spouse/partner into a faculty tenure-track or tenured position, or a long-term academic staff or classified position. (Priority will be given to dual-career hires that will contribute to faculty diversity; i.e. where hiring the partner/spouse will help in hiring or retaining a targeted minority or woman faculty member.)

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Application Criteria and Process

Funding Specifications

  • Allocations will be made on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • Allocations will be made to increase hiring flexibility to help provide competitive salary or to enhance start-up packages.
  • The amount of strategic hiring assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Ordinarily, the department or college will share the initial costs of the hire and funding from the Office of the Provost will be available for no more than three years. Funding will only be available for those units that provide continuing appointments for these individuals.
  • Typically up to one year of salary support may be provided over a one- to three-year period.
  • When salary funding is provided, the associated fringe benefits are included.

Preliminary Request for Funding

  • A preliminary request for funding may be initiated by the chair, with the approval from the school/college dean or associate dean. This request may be made via email or phone, and must outline the basic terms.
  • If the request involves a dual-career hire, the preliminary request for funding must be initiated by the dean or associate dean of the school or college where the primary hire is employed (or will be employed) with an email copy to the dean or associate dean of the school or college where the partner will be employed.
  • The vice provost for faculty and staff will follow up with provisional approval via email and confirm the terms of the request to all parties.

Formal Request for Funding – Due June 30

  • Following provisional approval, and once the offer of employment has been accepted, the dean(s) or the associate dean(s) of the unit in which the hire(s) were made must formalize the request through the submission of a Request for Funding Form. In cases of dual career, the dean or associate dean of the unit in which the partner is hired will complete the form.
  • Forms should be sent no later than June 30 of the year in which the request was provisionally approved.
  • Receipt of the form(s) will alert the Office of the Provost to release the funds during the appropriate fiscal year(s).

Funding Request Form

Due no later than June 30 of the year in which the request was provisionally approved.

Contact

Michael Bernard-Donals
Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff
Office of the Provost
michael.bernarddonals@wisc.edu
608-262-5246

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