Underrepresented Faculty Recruitment Program  (campus-level)

The aim of the Under-Represented Faculty Recruitment Program (UFRP) is to help attract and retain a faculty that more closely resembles the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) student population.  The UFRP is designed to encourage and assist colleges and departments that have selected underrepresented candidates for hire by providing funds toward salary and research.

Recurring salary funds up to $20,000, $25,000, and $30,000 are available to the college to support the salary of individual faculty members at the rank of assistant, associate, and full professor, respectively, with the funds channeled through the faculty member’s college. Once allocated, the funds will become part of the college’s state budget until the faculty member leaves the tenure system or the appointment drops below 50%.

UFRP is for newly recruited faculty in tenured or tenure track positions.  It is not intended to assist faculty members who are currently on the tenure track at UIC, but may be used for faculty members in clinical or research tracks who are being recruited to move into the tenure system.  Requests will be entertained only for faculty members who have been selected as desirable for hire into a tenured or tenure track position but have not yet committed to the appointment.

Requests for salary support and/or research awards should be submitted in writing to the college dean, through the COM Office of Faculty Affairs (W310 CSN, M/C 784 or send via email to [email protected]). The request should consist of a brief letter of justification from the department head, including relevant information about gender and race/ethnicity and indicating the anticipated start date, along with the curriculum vita of the proposed faculty recruit.  If the offer is for a tenured appointment as associate professor or professor, the request should not be submitted until after the recommendation for tenure has been reviewed and approved by College-level committees.

The full policy is available here.  UFRP Policy