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University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is one of the nation's Top 20 Public Universities (U.S. News & World Report). UConn's main campus in Storrs is admitting the highest-achieving freshmen in University history. Student diversity continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. The rise of the University over the last two decades has been astounding, as UConn achieves new heights of academic success – doubling research grants, attracting top students, and offering programs that continue to grow in prestige.

The University’s campuses, where more than 30,000 students are enrolled in over 100 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate fields of study, are situated in prime locations between New York and Boston. Next Generation Connecticut, an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment by the State of Connecticut, demonstrates UConn’s commitment to comprehensive research and education.

What Sets UConn Apart?

Investment in Faculty

One component of Next Generation Connecticut is an ambitious, multi-year hiring initiative to expand UConn’s faculty and senior academic leadership across numerous academic disciplines.  The four-year investment in 500 tenure-track faculty positions is poised to build on the institution's existing strengths and grow new expertise in strategic areas by: hiring talented scholars within a targeted selection of academic departments; boosting the University's research productivity; providing outstanding teaching and service to UConn students; and continuing the transformation that has led the University to stand among the nation's leading public research universities.

Investments in Research & Economic Development

The $865 million Bioscience CT initiative and a collaboration with Jackson Laboratories is creating new opportunities for cutting-edge research.  This plan bolsters Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s vision to reinvent the Connecticut economy by harnessing sustainable economic growth based on bioscience research, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization.

Investments in Technology

The UConn Technology Park is designed to provide designated space for industry-University collaboration, bringing together world-class University scholars and researchers with entrepreneurs in such fields as aerospace, defense, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable energy.

The UConn Tech Park will include highly specialized facilities that will: attract prominent industry partners; enable collaborations that will lead to advanced product development, novel ideas for manufacturing, and new technologies; provide increased opportunities for commercialization and successful business startups; and create thousands of new jobs in Connecticut.  The Tech Park is a critical component of the State’s future economic growth,  and will secure UConn’s position as a leader in high-tech innovation and as a key research and development partner to regional and national industries, while enhancing the State of Connecticut’s global competitiveness.

 

Diversity Profile: University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a setting within which the fullest personal growth and development of students may be realized. It considers the social environment of its campuses to be an integral part of such an educational experience and, therefore, seeks to maintain cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity in the student and employee populations. Efforts will be continued to attract students from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds and to encourage their participation in fields in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The enrollment of women students is equal to that of men, but it is nevertheless desirable to encourage their involvement in disciplines, which have historically excluded them. The societal forces which have shaped the career aspirations of these and other groups are not exclusively economic, and financial awards based upon need alone cannot alter them; however, tangible recognition in the form of merit scholarship awards may increase the students' incentive to expand their horizons. This being so, the University will pursue monetary contributions to support its commitment to achieving and maintaining a diverse student body, even in the absence of financial need, as well as providing strong financial aid programs.

In issuing the University of Connecticut’s affirmative action policy, I reiterate my personal commitment to and the need for affirmative action and attest to the University’s determination to identify strengths and weaknesses in our employment system, resolve problems when they appear, recruit employees vigorously and affirmatively, and retain current employees while also helping them prepare for advancement.

We are committed to reducing and, wherever possible, eliminating actual and apparent under-representation of minorities and women in our workforce. We are equally dedicated to removing procedural and attitudinal barriers to access for persons with disabilities and older persons. Our efforts over the past few years indicate that we are headed in the right direction. We must, however, persevere with a sense of urgency, with keen awareness of our timetables, and with clarity of purpose until minority persons and women are fairly included throughout our work force.

The University of Connecticut is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. In order to ensure that employees and job applicants are not subjected to unlawful discrimination, it is the University’s policy to comply with all laws and regulations that prohibit employment discrimination and mandate specific actions for the purpose of eliminating the present effects of past discrimination. Equal employment opportunity is the purpose and goal of affirmative action. The University has established equal employment opportunity and affirmative action as immediate and necessary objectives because we are committed to its concepts, principles, and goals.

Equal employment opportunity (EEO) means nondiscrimination — that is, hiring and promoting without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), prior conviction of a crime (or similar characteristic), workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis for employment actions, unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification. To attain parity demands affirmative action, a program of purposeful activity undertaken with conviction and effort to overcome barriers to equal employment opportunity. Affirmative action plans and programs are designed to achieve the full and fair participation of women, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, and other protected groups found to be underutilized in the workforce or adversely affected by past policies and practices.

Affirmative action is necessary throughout the employment process, from the posting of job notices through hiring to the termination of employment. The University of Connecticut regularly reexamines all policies and procedures to discover and remove barriers to access, and to change practices that may have an illegally discriminatory impact.  We also seek to accelerate the entry of members of underrepresented groups into the workforce, and to support their mobility once they are hired. We are equally vigilant in ensuring that all terms, conditions, and privileges, including upward and lateral mobility, are equitably administered.

Hiring is the traditional focus of affirmative action plans. The University of Connecticut’s current monitoring and support systems are largely concentrated on hiring. It is now time to direct equal attention and creativity toward retention and career mobility.

We need new mechanisms to increase opportunities for career development. These mechanisms must serve all classes of employees, but they must also allow us to combat cultural forces that lead women and minorities into stereotypical roles.

All services and programs are to be provided in a fair and impartial manner. These activities must reflect the positive, active spirit of this policy. All vice presidents, deans, directors, department heads, managers by all other titles, and faculty are expected to support the University’s Affirmative Action Plan for Employment (Plan). All executives and managers must be fully acquainted with the University’s Plan, assure that their subordinate managers are aware of their obligations, and make their support observable and meaningful. This policy also mandates that employees at every level shall support and respect the advancement of equal employment principles and our workplace community.  Affirmative action and equal employment opportunity are University-wide priorities, and will remain so until our goals are met for all categories of employees, regardless of classification.

As a Connecticut state agency, the University of Connecticut prepares its Affirmative Action Plan each year.  The Plan is a detailed, results-oriented set of procedures, which blueprints a strategy to combat discrimination and implement affirmative action. The objectives of the Plan are to set both quantitative and non-quantitative goals, which promote affirmative action and/or eliminate any policy or employment practice that adversely affects protected class members.

More detailed information relating to the University’s Affirmative Action Plan may be found on the Office of Diversity and Equity Web site http://www.ode.uconn.edu.  The complete version of the current year’s Plan is on file in the Reserve Room of the Homer Babbidge Library, as well as each regional campus and School of Law libraries. The Department of Human Resources and the Connecticut State Library also retain a copy.

A listing of federal and state constitutional provisions, laws, executive orders, and regulations mandating Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action is attached to this Policy Statement.  As necessary, revisions will be made to reflect changes in both federal and state laws as well as other changes consistent with the affirmative action regulations.

For more information and advice regarding rights and responsibilities under the Plan, consult Elizabeth Conklin, Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity (ODE), Wood Hall, Unit 4175, 241 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4175; telephone 860-486-2943; e-mail, [email protected].  Your comments are welcomed and should be directed to Ms. Conklin at this address and telephone number.

Employees and others wishing to file complaints of discrimination or of affirmative action policy violations may do so by contacting the ODE.  The University of Connecticut’s policies against discrimination and harassment appear in the Plan along with complaint procedures, all of which may be viewed on the website listed above.

As President of the University, I commit the University of Connecticut and myself to make every effort to achieve the goals set forth in the Plan for Employment, within the timetables articulated in the Plan.

Susan Herbst

President
October 14, 2012

University of Connecticut
Office of Diversity and Equity
241 Glenbrook Road
Wood Hall - Unit-4175
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-2943
Fax: (860) 486-6771
Email:[email protected]
The Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a setting within which the fullest personal growth and development of students may be realized. It considers the social environment of its campuses to be an integral part of such an educational experience and, therefore, seeks to maintain cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity in the student and employee populations. Efforts will be continued to attract students from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds and to encourage their participation in fields in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The enrollment of women students is equal to that of men, but it is nevertheless desirable to encourage their involvement in disciplines, which have historically excluded them. The societal forces which have shaped the career aspirations of these and other groups are not exclusively economic, and financial awards based upon need alone cannot alter them; however, tangible recognition in the form of merit scholarship awards may increase the students' incentive to expand their horizons. This being so, the University will pursue monetary contributions to support its commitment to achieving and maintaining a diverse student body, even in the absence of financial need, as well as providing strong financial aid programs.

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The University of Connecticut is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut has grown to include 13 Schools and Colleges at its main campus in Storrs, separate Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, five regional campuses throughout the state and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

 

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University of Connecticut

FULL PROFESSORS
$153,400
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS
$103,600
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS
$91,200
INSTRUCTORS
$74,800

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