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Let’s Power New Possibilities Together

At UC Riverside, our vibrant, diverse, and thriving campus is a rocket ship, accelerating ideas and powering new possibilities. With more than 60 years of real-world, high-impact research conducted by award-winning faculty — including two Nobel Prize winners, 11 Fulbright Scholars, and 28 members of the National Academies — we are redefining the role of a great 21st century public research university.

As a member of the world’s most prestigious public university system — and in the top 1.3% of universities worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings — UCR is launching the next generation of innovative thinkers. Our esteemed faculty drive this mission, elevating our students through a great education, world leading research, and knowledge-driven impact.

Our faculty are trailblazers, continually challenge the status quo and inspiring students to do the same. Our Botany and Plant Sciences Department includes five female National Academy of Sciences members, the largest of any single academic department in the nation.

Our acclaimed faculty are ambitious, entrepreneurial, and motivated to make a difference, finding creative and meaningful solutions to the world’s most pressing problems through their interdisciplinary and groundbreaking research. We’re here to support them.

Academic Personnel Office

The Academic Personnel Office (APO) is committed to leading and serving UCR’s diverse and internationally renowned academic community. Office staff provide support for faculty appointments and development, merit reviews and promotions, leaves of absence, fellowships, and more. The office handles employment matters for all academic employees — from faculty and lecturers to adjunct professors and librarians — and is a great resource for navigating UCR policies and processes.

View the latest events and workshops hosted by the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and APO.


Faculty Resources

Research Computing

Research Computing buoys the talent and research of UC Riverside’s acclaimed faculty members and outstanding graduate and undergraduate students through powerful onsite and offsite computing resources, support, consulting, and training. Their work is supported by partnerships and collaborations with various areas of campus, including: the UCR Library, Bourns College of Engineering, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Medicine, Office of Research and Economic Development, and UCR Research IT Leaders. Through a recent collaboration with Google Public Sector, UCR is modernizing its technology services, increasing campus computing and storage capacity — and saving our researchers both time and money.


University News

UCR nears its record for in-state freshmen
UC Riverside has released its enrollment numbers for fall 2023, showing a total student population of 26,426. It is an increase of more than 5,000 students from 10 years ago, when UC Riverside had 21,285 students. In the past 25 years, campus enrollment has more than doubled. Fall 2022 enrollment was 26,809. The number of California freshmen enrolled for fall 2023 was the second highest in UCR history, only 10 students fewer than the campus record. For fall 2023, UCR enrolled 5,209 California freshmen; in fall 2016, the record of 5,219 was set.
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Host of 'The Daily' podcast to deliver Hays P-E Lecture
Michael Barbaro, host of the popular New York Times podcast “The Daily,” will be the speaker at the 55th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture.  The event is free and open to the public, and will be Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre on the UC Riverside campus. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance.
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Psychology research 'giant' Robert Rosenthal has died
Robert Rosenthal, a father of meta-analysis who was named one of the 20th century's top 100 psychologists, died Jan. 5 at 90. Twenty-five years ago, following his retirement from Harvard University, Rosenthal joined the UC Riverside faculty. He was named a University Professor in 2008 by the University of California system, a distinction shared by only 40 professors in UC’s history.   He retired from his full-time UCR professorship in spring 2018 but continued teaching part-time in UCR’s Graduate Division through fall quarter 2023. 
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Designation acknowledges UCR's community engagement
UC Riverside has received the 2024 Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement. The announcement was made Jan. 8 by the American Council on Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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