For the ninth consecutive year, Temple has hired dozens of new senior faculty members from the world's leading institutions, part of an ongoing push to bring top scholars, researchers and creative minds to the university.
The latest wave of tenured and tenure-track recruits — more than 55 for 2012-13 — brings the total number of senior faculty members hired by Temple since 2004-05 to nearly 520, the biggest influx in the university's history.
The 2012-13 senior faculty hires have joined 13 different Temple Schools and Colleges, with the School of Medicine (13 new recruits) and the College of Liberal Arts (12) welcoming the most, followed by the Fox School of Business (seven) and the College of Engineering (six).
"We're proud to bring yet another group of world-class teachers, researchers and artists to Temple," said Acting President Richard M. Englert. "Our community of scholars is defined by quality — our students deserve nothing less — and this year's new faculty members are outstanding. Their arrival isn't just great for Temple, it's great for the overall economic health of the region."
The 2012-13 cohort of new tenured and tenure-track faculty have brought a remarkably broad range of expertise with them to Temple, ranging from the structure of the proton (physicist Bernd Surrow, who joined the College of Science and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to the thickening of the heart muscle (cardiologist Thomas L. Force, who came to the School of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University); teaching students with learning disabilities (Joseph Boyle, who joined the College of Education from Rutgers University); and choral music (Mitos Andaya, who was hired by the Boyer College of Music and Dance from the University of Georgia).
Several new faculty recruits are heading academic units at Temple, including the School of Medicine's Walter Koch (formerly of Thomas Jefferson University), who directs the new Center for Translational Medicine; and Ronald C. Anderson (formerly of American University), who was hired to chair the Department of Finance at the Fox School of Business.
Temple's recent faculty hiring boom has been made possible by several factors. The retirement of a large number of faculty members hired in the years after Temple became a state-related institution in the mid-1960s has increased the number of vacancies. Enrollment increases since 2000 also spurred investment in faculty. In addition, Acting President Englert credited the energy and vision of Temple's deans, many of whom also came to Temple in the last decade.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of new Accounting faculty member Lawrence Brown was incorrectly identified as Finance Professor and Chair Ronald Anderson in the version of this article printed on page 1 of the Temple Times.]