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Joint Faculty Employment Between Companies and Universities

Explore key issues around the emerging trend of university faculty simultaneously being university and company employees.

This project identifies the key considerations that are necessary to ensure effective outcomes. While there are multiple valid approaches for companies and universities to pursue joint employment arrangements, this project seeks to provide information that can improve the way these collaborations work.

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Joint Employment Examples:

University of Washington/Facebook

University of Washington/Google

Additional Reading*

Facebook AI Research Expands With New Academic Collaborations
Learn more about the partnerships that are advancing Facebook’s AI Research.

Uber seeks top Toronto talent with $200-million investment
Uber partners with University of Toronto to expand an existing research lab focused on self-driving cars.

UIDP Conversations | Daron Green on academic research partnerships and joint hires
Daron Green, Facebook’s director of research operations and academic relations, on talent development, industry-based faculty employment, and how partnerships with university-based research broaden technology exploration and the scope of industry innovation.

Evolving Academia/Industry Relations in Computing Research
In 2015, the CCC co-sponsored an industry round table that produced the document “The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations.” Since then, several important trends in computing research have emerged, and this document considers how those trends impact the interaction between academia and industry in computing fields.

*The resources listed in this section are not intended to represent an endorsement by UIDP. Rather, these articles have been compiled to assist UIDP member representatives in accessing information that relates to the content of this UIDP Project.

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