Cluster Hires and Cross-Discipline Appointments

Apr 13, 2018

In this session, we address Cluster Hires and Cross-Discipline Appointments. “Cluster hires” was an exciting new trend that peaked a few years ago with many research institutions seriously piloting ambitious programs to kick-start interdisciplinary research and diversify campus climate. We’re checking in with the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kansas, and Virginia Tech on the promise and perils of hiring outside the comfort zone.



Amy M. Hogan, SPHR
Assistant Provost for Leadership Initiatives
Office of the Provost
irginia Tech

Amy Hogan joined the Office of the Provost in May 2012. Her responsibilities include senior administrator searches and reviews, leadership development, and metrics.

Amy previously served as Assistant Director of Virginia Tech’s Organizational and Professional Development department where she was responsible for providing organizational development consulting services to groups within Virginia Tech seeking to address organizational, leadership and team effectiveness issues, as well as supporting the design and delivery of leadership and faculty professional development opportunities.

Amy came to Virginia Tech as Employee Relations Specialist in the Human Resources department in May 2006, bringing with her 14 years of experience in organizational development, training, leadership development and human resources roles and has held leadership positions in the public sector as well as automotive manufacturing, financial services, and media publishing industries. In these roles, Amy has built solid experience in providing internal organizational consulting, building and implementing a variety of training and development curricula, career counseling, and building management and leadership development programs.

Amy has taught introductory psychology and sociology courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Central Pennsylvania Business College, is a certified Huthwaite International training facilitator, a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner, a certified Emotional Quotient Inventory practitioner, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Amy holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, with minors in Sociology and Music.

M. Bain Butcher, MD, MFA
Associate Professor, School of Art and College of Medicine
Co-Director, UC Social Innovation Lab
University of Cincinnati

Bain Butcher has a co-appointment as an Associate Professor in both the School of Art and the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He has teaching and research responsibilities in both college and also works actively in the 3rd space between art and medicine. Bain received his MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2006 where he studied with leading contemporary figurative painters. Prior to his time in New York, he received his MD from the University of Cincinnati and his BS from Davidson College. In 2013-14, Bain was the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence at Great Basin National Park where he worked with an interdisciplinary team studying the Bristlecone Pine. He has won numerous awards and his work has been included in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, the International Drawing Annual 6 (INPA 6), and the International Painting Annual 2 (INPA 2). He was named a semi-finalist in the 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

In addition to his studio practice, Bain is the Co-Director of the UC Social Innovation lab, a transdisciplinary hub of faculty and student collaboration that generates transformative research, educational, and thought models to address complex social challenges. He is also part of UC’s inaugural transdisciplinary research leadership program and is active in developing arts-integrated research opportunities for students and faculty.

Robert H. Goldstein
Provost’s Special Advisor on Campus Development
Haas Distinguished Professor, Department of Geology
University of Kansas

Goldstein’s expertise and current research activity centers on the availability of fossil fuel energy currently essential to modern society. Most of it is produced as oil or natural gas from pores in sedimentary rock deep beneath the surface. Understanding where those pores are preserved without being clogged by mineral precipitates involves studies of very large-scale processes of how and where sediments are generated in tropical seas. In addition, studies at the microscopic scale are required, and involve analyses of the chemical composition of minute mineral crystals and even the droplets of fluid dropped within them.

Goldstein’s research has pioneered the integration of regional-scale geology and microscopic-scale chemistry to reconstruct geologic history with the goal of exploring the earth for the pores that might hold significant oil and gas accumulations. His book on fluid inclussions serves as the standard text for any research lab using the technique and he is asked to share his knowledge in seminars and short courses around the world by academics, government, and industry.

Currently, Goldstein co-leads the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium, an energy-industry-funded research consortium on a major class of oil and gas reservoir.