The Second Century Initiative (2CI) is targeted at hiring 100 additional faculty across Georgia State University through the year 2015. The five-year initiative is now in its third year. The primary goal of the initiative is to build internationally recognized scholarly strength and critical mass around common research themes that have national significance in order to enhance Georgia State University's overall quality, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. It is designed to build upon the University's strategic plan, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. An expected outcome of 2CI is the acceleration of collaborative faculty research to support the expansion of new knowledge, scholarship and research activities. Overarching goals include a significant increase in GSU's level of competitive, federally funded research, and elevating GSU's overall recognition for excellence in research. For more information, see 2CI website.
In February 2012, Georgia State University awarded six new research clusters with new faculty hires in the second round of the Second Cenury Initiative. The College of Law was the recipient of one of the six awards this year with the proposal, "Shaping the Future of Cities: Land Use and Urban Growth, a collaboration with the departments of Economics, Public Managment and Policy, and Sociology."
Last year, the College received two awards: The Business of Science: Law, Policy and Ethics in the Regulation and Governance of Health and Scientific Businesses, and Building Capacity in Health Justice Research: A Collaborative Research Effort to Reduce Health Disparities. These faculty positions have been filled.
The College of Law and the departments of Economics, Public Management and Policy, and Sociology were awarded an interdisciplinary cluster hire of four faculty members around the research theme "Shaping the Future of Cities: Land Use and Urban Growth." The focus of this cluster will be to study the design of cities - their physical and social infrastructure - with an emphasis on the legal frameworks, governance systems and urban policies that shape a city.
The College and three departments share common strengths in urban policy, social networks, urban planning, growth management and smart growth, zoning and environmental and land use law. This initiative will build on these strengths and the momentum behind the University's strategic plan.
This tenure-track position will be associated with the College of Law's Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, whose mission is to advance interdisciplinary dialogue, academic exchange and research related to the challenges of cities.
The Center's current programs include: