Funding is from NYS $53M annual investment; about 50 new faculty to be hired
State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced the allocation of $12 million to Stony Brook University to increase the number of research faculty to spur innovation and expand student opportunities.
Approximately 50 new full-time faculty will be hired thanks to the state’s $53 million annual investment, which was included for the first time by Governor Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers in the 2022-23 budget.
The additional new full-time faculty will help Stony Brook — a SUNY flagship university — expand research funding and productivity, increase faculty diversity, and continue to address instructional needs. Specific areas of hiring include quantum information sciences, artificial intelligence, energy and climate science, and cancer studies, among others. Each new hire is concentrated in high-demand fields, helping Stony Brook to facilitate a highly skilled workforce in New York State.
“Stony Brook University is a leader in research that focuses on addressing big societal challenges, like clean energy production, making data centers more sustainable, and treating cancer and disease,” King said. “By attracting additional top-tier faculty members and retaining existing experts, the campus will be able to expand innovation and grow academic and research opportunities for more students. Our thanks to Governor Kathy Hochul and our state legislators for their staunch support in SUNY and higher education. The funding they have allocated for new faculty will have a significant impact on Stony Brook and other campuses as we work to cement SUNY’s role as a world-class higher education system.”
“As Stony Brook continues to reach its full potential as a flagship institution, chancellor King’s allocation of $12 million to support the hiring of research faculty will help advance our transformational goals of moving into the top 25 ranked public research universities nationally and doubling research output,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “At Stony Brook University, we pride ourselves on delivering a world-class, affordable education to a diverse student population, many of whom are first-generation college students. In addition to expanding research productivity, faculty hiring will also expand student support and preparation for opportunities in today’s high-demand STEM fields.”
The chancellor made his announcement during his January 26 visit to Stony Brook, which included meetings with President McInnis, the SBU leadership team, local business leaders and student leaders. King also visited Stony Brook University Hospital and the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, and began the day with a visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory.
“SUNY’s investment in Stony Brook advances critical lifesaving biomedical research and allows us to continue to innovate and provide a top education for future health professionals, which is crucial to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers,” said Hal Paz, MD, executive vice president for Health Sciences at SBU and chief executive officer, Stony Brook University Medicine.
The announcement also drew praise from SUNY Board Trustee Cary Staller, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation. “Stony Brook University is a center of academic excellence for a reason. Its diverse program offerings and research are second to none, which includes a strong partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory,” he said. “With this significant state award, SBU can continue to lead innovation, research, and education as it hires more faculty to join its ranks. In doing so, the university will also increase its faculty diversity, expand classroom and research opportunities, and ensure our students complete their degrees and leave with a successful future ahead of them.”