Interdisciplinary collaborations are a hallmark of the UC Merced family of world-class research experts. Whether they are just starting out or have held their Ph.D.s for decades, UC Merced faculty members are making advancements in solar energy, computer science, robotics, bioengineering, drones, stem-cell research and other biomedical fields, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, big-data analysis, climate change, air quality, water resources, materials science, archaeology, political science, literature, psychology, sociology and many other subjects that enhance the campus’s collective resume and have lasting effects on the world.
UC Merced has three academic schools: the School of Engineering; the School of Natural Sciences; and the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts; as well as a robust and growing Graduate Division.
Faculty members can affiliate with the campus’s research powerhouses, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS); the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI); or the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI); as well as an expanding list of centers within each school.
This growing campus provides many resources to assist faculty members in making UC Merced their home, and in promoting and supporting the important research being conducted here.
The Chancellor's Office, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the office of Academic Personnel and the Academic Senate are geared toward faculty members’ administrative needs and concerns.
The University of California has a three-pronged mission: research, teaching and community service. For the first part of the mission, the Office of Research; the office of Sponsored Projects; the office of Compliance and Integrity; and Development Services help faculty members pursue and promote their research.
Professors at any UC campus have a lot of plates spinning simultaneously, including teaching. But the second part of the UC’s mission is critical, so faculty members can find a host of online resources to help them stay on track, including the Academic Calendar; each semester’s class schedule; a listing of deadlines; the campus’s academic policies; the project collaboration and courseware system UCMCrops; the Center for Research on Teaching Excellence; and information on teaching first-year students.
Whether a professor is new to UC Merced or has been here since the beginning, this campus is evolving, as is its list of services for faculty members.
Other services faculty members can take advantage of include a campuswide events calendar; the campus store; dining services; a massive repository of digital books, books in print and publishing services at the library; recreation and athletics through the Joseph Gallo Recreation Center; and campus escorts for people working late.