The University of Kansas is looking for 64 new faculty members.
Provost Jeff Vitter said Tuesday it's the first large hiring effort at the university since the early to mid-2000s.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/QHCmER ) the university plans to hire 30 new faculty members in the School of Engineering, 22 other various positions and 12 positions called "Foundation Professor." Those 12 jobs will be for high-profile, established faculty members from other institutions.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the current hiring effort would return the university's faculty to the size it was in the previous decade before hiring slowed down. And she says it would help the university improve its research stature.
Eleven faculty members took early-retirement buyouts this year. Vitter says those openings are not part of these 64 jobs.