Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

A story from the University of Wisconsin–Madison: Cluster hires

The experience of the University of Wisconsin– Madison in shaping a faculty for the future, one ready to "seize the opportunities for advancing knowledge at interdisciplinary crossroads..." serves as a compelling model for leaders on other campuses who recognize that "[n]ew areas of knowledge and complex societal issues don't always fall neatly into departmental disciplines and structures." According to their web site, "[t]he new hiring approach has triggered hundreds of faculty collaborations, leading to knowledge that is wholly original and often counter-intuitive. Most importantly, it helps faculty who are teaching and researching to a way to better anticipate the changing needs of society."