Support for Faculty & Research

At the heart of NCAS-UCN are the more than 500 men and women of the college’s faculty, who instruct and inspire our students, lead its research enterprise, and fuel its reputation for excellence.

Sudents at Rutgers-Newark flourish under the tutelage of Arts and Sciences faculty that includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars who combine world-class research with unmatched dedication to teaching.

Their expertise spans a fascinating range—from a biological sciences professor who has made breakthroughs observing protein synthesis inside cells, to a historian who has uncovered racial exploitation in real-estate lending. Their diversity of experiences and perspectives is essential to NCAS-UCN, pushing the frontiers of knowledge while enriching discourse and nourishing new ideas.


Endowed Chairs & Professorships

As Rutgers-Newark and NCAS-UCN compete with other top institutions to attract and retain scholars of this caliber, endowed faculty positions offer a key advantage. An endowed chair supports a scholar’s work and helps attract more research funding, outstanding junior faculty, and top-notch students.

Endowments are the most effective means of funding such positions. Their principle is never invaded and continues to generate interest, providing renewed funding every year and honoring the person for whom the chair is named in perpetuity.

Endwowed Faculty Development Funds

Through research that spans a striking breadth of interests, Rutgers-Newark and NCAS-UCN faculty push the boundaries of knowledge and address problems of enormous relevance.

Private support plays a critical role in this work. This support accelerates the pace of progress by supplementing the government research funding that NCAS-UCN receives each year. In many cases, private funding provides vital seed monies that make it possible for researchers to venture into promising new territory, pursuing projects that later earn grants.


NCAS Research Centers & Institutes

NCAS-UCN is home to an array of world-class research centers that expand knowledge, reach out to communities, and enhance the college's reputation. Donor support plays a key role in sustaining these centers, whose impact is felt far and wide as they preserve our history and shape our future.

Here is a sample of  the research centers and institutes at NCAS-UCN:

International Institute for Peace  Co-founded by Forest Whitaker, Academy Award–winning actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, and Aldo Civico, professor of cultural anthropology and conflict-resolution expert at Rutgers-Newark, IIP pioneers innovative research, educates the next generation of peace-building leaders, and assists those embedded in violent conflicts in an effort to “reorient” societies toward sustainable peace. On October 30, 2011, the General Conference of UNESCO approved the establishiment of IIP as a category 2 institute under the auspices of UNESCO.

The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience  Under the direction of Clement Price, one of the state’s leading public intellectuals, this thriving institute is in its second decade of serving the region with lectures and events that enhance public understanding of urban life, race relations, local history, youth culture, and education.

The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights  Seeking to understand and prevent genocide, political violence, and conflict, the center is a leader in its field. It hosts an international journal, sponsors a book series and many conferences, and is creating a curriculum on genocide and human rights that will reach fifth- through 12th-grade students from Newark to Argentina and Rwanda.

Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center  This emerging center of excellence focuses on new ways of interpreting brain function, employing functional MRI scans and computer modeling to explore high-level cognitive processes such as language development, reasoning, and human motion perception. A recent $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant for new scanner technology is supporting the center’s progress.

Center for Migration and the Global City  CMGC is an incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, innovative pedagogy, and civic engagement that addresses both the global and local dimensions of immigration. It focuses specifically on the effects that globalization and transnationalism are having on New Jersey, the United States, and abroad.

Queer Newark Oral History Project  This community-based and -directed initiative is dedicated to preserving the history of LGBT Newark through ongoing interviews with the city’s LGBT residents, and the collection and archiving of artifacts and documents related to the topic.