Welcome letter from
It is my great
pleasure and honor to welcome our newest faculty members to the
Berkeley campus. This year, an exceptional group of scholars and
teachers has joined us, and we are tremendously fortunate to have
Berkeley is known
worldwide for its cutting edge scholarship and teaching, its first
rate student body, and its bold discussion of the issues of the
day. Central to all these strengths is our preeminent faculty.
by awards, research, scientific breakthroughs, or service to society,
our faculty are leaders in their fields and in the classroom. That
is why we continually seek to recruit both the most promising young
scholars and senior faculty of international acclaim.
This year we
have been particularly successful in achieving our goal. For academic
year 2001-02, 73 percent of the faculty members we recruited accepted
offers. One third of these new recruits are women and two are Howard
Hughes Investigators. One will serve as the director of the Institute
of East Asian Studies and the other as director of the Regional
Oral History Office.
All our new faculty
were heavily courted by other top universities, and all will further
enhance our academic excellence across many disciplines.
I have met and
spent some time with many of these new faculty members. I am impressed
not only by their accomplishments, but also by their commitment
to the mission of this university. I am certain that all of them
will make important contributions to our campus community and beyond,
and that they will continue to provide the absolutely best education
possible to this university's students.
Please join me
in welcoming these remarkable men and women to our campus.