Leading Faculty Bridge Program

FY 2019-20

Program Description

The Leading Faculty Bridge Program supports the strategic purpose of recruiting outstanding faculty scholars to Purdue.  Potential Leading Faculty will be of international reputation and have the academic credentials to transform an area of scholarly work at Purdue to preeminence.  It is anticipated that candidates will have credentials appropriate for appointment as a Distinguished Professor at Purdue.  Units that propose to recruit a Leading Faculty must commit to working toward an endowed named professorship that will provide ongoing support. In FY 2018-19, the Leading Faculty Bridge Program will continue to provide bridge support for a five year period that is anticipated will lead to the endowed named professorship. If a donor commits to an endowed named professorship and plans to make payment over multiple years, the professorship can be named for the donor once the first payment is received.

Financial Resources

Units that appoint Leading Faculty will be expected to contribute salary and fringe benefit support equivalent to an Assistant Professor line.  The Leading Faculty Bridge Program will provide the balance of the salary up to a total match of $125,000 and associated fringe benefit costs for the five year bridge period.  In addition, a discretionary allocation of $40,000 will be provided annually for five years when the faculty member is named a Distinguished Professor.  The Leading Faculty Bridge Program will also contribute a significant amount toward the nonrecurring start-up funds offered with the appointment.  The start-up package for each Leading Faculty candidate is funded outside the Provost Start-up Fund.  These packages can vary greatly and typically require funding from college, unit and other sources in addition to the amount provided by the Provost through the Leading Faculty Bridge Program. 

Central support for salary, fringe benefits, and the discretionary allocation will be transferred annually for five years to the unit, with the understanding that any unexpended funds will return to the Provost if the faculty member leaves Purdue.  Start-up funds will be transferred as nonrecurring allocations each year based on a projected funding plan. If a leading faculty terminates from Purdue with an unused balance in the start-up allocation, these funds will be returned to the Provost and any other sources of start-up funding in the proportion the funds were allocated. Start-up funds will be available for the normal five-year period.

If, at the end of the five year bridge period, an endowed professorship is not in place to support the leading faculty hire, the college will assume full responsibility for the costs of the appointment.

Review and Approval Process

Each proposal should include the name and credentials of the potential candidate and the rationale for the hire, and should detail their potential to lead either an emerging or a well-established area of strength for Purdue. Although evidence of global leadership in the candidate’s field of inquiry is essential for consideration as a Leading Faculty member, other factors that may also be considered include the candidate’s proven dedication to the teaching and learning mission, potential to advance the impact of Purdue University on the development of policy, intent to collaborate across the disciplines and expected contributions to the intellectual climate of Purdue by enhancing the diversity of life experiences represented by our faculty. Priority will be given to the searches that have a high probability of success; therefore, a strong indication of interest on the part of possible candidates would be appropriate.  These searches will not be handled as open-ended. Typically, a search is expected to close by the end of the academic year in which it is initiated. If the potential candidate declines the offer, the search will be closed.  Consideration of an alternate candidate will require submission of a new proposal through the same application process.

Proposals can be submitted at any time during the year and will be considered subject to available funding. For earliest consideration, deans of units interested in recruiting a Leading Faculty member should submit requests to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost at: approvalsofficeoftheprovost@purdue.edu. The email Subject line should read “Leading Faculty Bridge Program.”


The Office of the Provost will maintain a report of approved Leading Faculty recruitments, the outcome of the recruitment, the effective date of successful hires, and termination dates as applicable. 

Issued August 1, 2019

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