lifeblood of any research university is its faculty, and The University
of Southern Mississippi is looking forward to a healthy infusion
A record 112
faculty searches among all academic colleges and teaching sites
within the university has already been approved, according to Hattiesburg
Provost Dr. Tim Hudson. Southern Miss filled 44 tenure-track faculty
positions last year.
demonstrate a commitment to the vitality of the university's intellectual
atmosphere and the quality of its instructional and research programs,"
Hudson said. "Our students deserve to be taught by the best
and to have greater access to a talented faculty." Hudson added
that stopping the erosion in the number of faculty members due to
the current statewide budget crunch was "critical to that goal."
the academic deans and the budget office and using the dividend
from last year's college reorganization, which reallocated almost
$2 million from administrative areas to the classroom, the university
was able to direct approximately $4.8 million toward the salaries
needed to fill these positions.
of the searches will be for tenure-eligible faculty to replace current
vacancies or impending retirements. In addition, multiple new positions
have been created.
new dean at Southern Miss, I am highly impressed with the commitment
of this administration to make faculty salaries and positions its
major priority," said Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the College of
Science and Technology. "The hiring process has been handled
in a highly efficient and professional manner, and I look forward
to hiring many world class faculty for my college, to the ultimate
benefit of the students at Southern Miss."
a first semester graduate student in sports administration, said
he thinks the contributions of the departing faculty should not
be overlooked. "But, new faculty do provide an exciting opportunity
for new ideas to be brought to the university," Asbury added.
new searches early in the academic season should be a boon for Southern
Miss, said Dr. Stan Kuczaj, chair of the Department of Psychology.
that we are competing with hundreds of other universities to hire
future stars, it is imperative that we begin these searches as early
as possible," Kuczaj said. "Otherwise, we stand to lose
some of the best candidates to other 'early bird' universities."
Dr. Charles Bolton, chair of the Department of History, "Faculty
searches are one of the most important things we do as a department."
all," he said, "these are the people who will be our colleagues
for years to come. Even more important, hiring new faculty gives
us an opportunity to replenish our ranks with new graduates from
top graduate programs around the country. They bring original research
insights about our discipline and fresh strategies about the craft
of teaching, both essential to the life of a research institution."
he anticipates the search will attract "the most talented and
highly qualified group of new faculty in the history of Southern
should be good news for students, faculty, staff, friends and supporters.
It is also good news for the economy of South Mississippi, as this
next generation of faculty will move to our communities from across
the United States and the world," Hudson said.