The University of Windsor plans to hire 50 new full-time professors over the next three years.

School president Alan Wildeman has announced 18 of the 50 will be hired in the next year.

Anne Forrest, president of the Windsor University Faculty Association, is delighted by the news.

She says the new hires are something WUFA pushed for in the round of contract negotiations held last year.

She says the jobs and their descriptions are highly specialized.

"It's a long time coming, that we're having a major investment in faculty. Renewal is always wonderful, it's always needed," Forrest said. "It means new ideas, it means new ways of thinking, and really trying to come to grips with how things are changing in academia. These new faculty members will come with much more preparedness with respect to pedagogy.They'll have new ways to connect with students."

WUFA represents slightly more than 500 professors.

Forrest said the new faculty members will be well paid, "as they should be." A new hire will make between $90,000 and $100,000.

Wildeman said in a statement that the new positions "must support our Strategic Mandate Agreement, and they must pursue the highest quality people who are scholars and who are committed to teaching in a diverse and internationalized campus."

Eighteen tenure-track assistant professor positions across six faculties have been approved in the first round of hiring, through a consultative process led by provost Douglas Kneale, with the deans of the faculties and their respective programs.

"We are looking for outstanding teachers, researchers, scholars, creators, and practitioners with a diverse range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary engagement," Kneale said in a statement. ""From face-to-face lecture hall to mobile device, from lab to clinic to performance, I want people who are making a noise in their fields, who value innovative and effective teaching and learning, who will be successful in mentoring our undergraduate and graduate students, and whose work will attract external funding to support their programs of research and creativity."