Cluster Hiring Initiative

Contact: Keisha Love, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, or 513-556-7013


Building on the university’s research and innovation strengths, UC's Cluster Hiring Initiative is designed to harness the power of faculty members in targeted areas in an attempt to help solve the world’s biggest challenges through leading-edge research and interdisciplinary collaborations. These clusters support existing and emerging partnerships within and among the Office of the Provost, the 12 academic colleges on UC’s main campus, UC Libraries, the Graduate School and the Vice President of Research.

UC's first clusters can potentially address the complexities of understanding, analyzing and using effectively big data (Analytics), the ever-changing converged media landscape (Digital Media), the intricacies of cancer science and treatment (Precision Cancer Medicine) and water sustainability (Water). Chosen after a competitive selection process, these clusters bring together hundreds of faculty and researchers and millions of dollars of funding.

Designed to attract top-quality faculty from around the world, UC’s Clusters represent the university’s commitment to investing in faculty and interdisciplinary problem-solving that erase boundaries and embrace creative, bold ideas.



The Analytics Cluster harnesses the power of Big Data to solve big problems and inform big decisions. It builds on an active and sustaining partnership between faculty, staff, students, colleges and campus-wide units poised to maximize their networking potential to benefit society.

Collaborators: College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services, Lindner College of Business, College of Engineering & Applied Science, College of Medicine, UC Libraries, UCIT

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Digital Media

The Digital Media Collaborative connects a strong network of faculty in a wide range of academic units to promote excellence in digital media research, creative scholarship and education. Digital Communication, Design, Journalism and Electronic Media, along with related research fields, form the backbone of the forward-focused initiative that explores the evolution of communication in our digital world. 

Collaborators: College-Conservatory of Music, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, UC Libraries

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Precision Cancer Medicine

The Precision Cancer Medicine Cluster addresses the major health challenges of cancer by promoting interdisciplinary advances in medical treatment and innovative research in genetics, epigenetics and metabolomics.

Collaborators:  College of Allied Health Sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati. Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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UC’s Water Cluster establishes our region as a national and global leader in water research, education and outreach centered on integrated water resources management within and across natural and engineered systems. By bringing water planning and management experts together, the Water Cluster provides a supportive platform for new approaches to environmental sustainability.

Collaborators: College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, College of Engineering & Applied Science, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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Urban Futures

The Urban Futures Cluster is the second phase of UC's university-wide cluster hiring initiative. The Urban Futures Cluster is designed to attract faculty whose teaching and research focuses on challenges facing urban areas, that might include race and social (in)justice, educational and/or health disparities, urban housing, poverty, policing, and any other topics that speak to the challenges facing American cities and urban living. The Office of the Provost and participating units will invest some $1.4m and an overall faculty investment of $10m to strengthen research, teaching and engagement in urban issues while potentially developing a pipeline for diverse undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members.

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