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Faculty recruiting is on the upswing at the University of California campuses, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego campuses all say they will "significantly increase their number of tenure-track faculty searches during the 2010-11 academic year" though it will be "below what would be expected in good economic times," the Chronicle notes. Berkeley has 67 searches in the works while San Diego will be looking for 40 new faculty members.

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