Cluster Hire Initiative

As one of the premier research institutions in the nation, The University of Iowa is committed to advancing knowledge and education through discovery, application, and creative work. Many of today’s most exciting and importantfaculty collaboration research frontiers transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.If we are to maintain and strengthen our research and creative excellence, we must facilitate multidisciplinary scholarship, instruction, and public service. This is the aim of the cluster hire initiative.

As a centerpiece of our 2010‐2016 strategic plan, Renewing the Iowa Promise: Great Opportunities—Bold Expectations, the cluster initiative will bring 100 new tenured and tenure‐track faculty to campus to collaborate with existing faculty in multidisciplinary cluster areas focused on many of the “Grand Challenges” of the 21st century.

Learn more about the primary objectives of the Cluster Hire Initiative.


Current Clusters:

The Aging Mind and Brain

Digital Public Humanities



Water Sustainability