With support from the office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences has initiated a semi-coordinated set of 5 faculty hires in Chinese studies over the next two years. Faculty searches are now underway in Political Science and Economics for candidates researching on Chinese politics and economy, respectively. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is currently conducting a faculty search in Classical Chinese studies, for which research fields may include Classical Chinese literature, philosophy, and cultural studies. Faculty searches in History and Religion will take place in 2012-2013.