Academic Affairs Faculty Fellowship Program 2017-2018


Purpose of the Program:


The University of North Carolina System’s Division of Academic Affairs invites proposals for the third year of the UNC General Administration (UNC-GA) Academic Affairs Faculty Fellowship Program. The UNC Faculty Assembly has collaborated extensively with UNC-GA in this important effort. The purpose of this fellowship is to engage interested faculty in academic affairs issues and mentored learning opportunities, and to recruit committed faculty with expertise that can help promote the effectiveness of the system and the University’s constituent institutions. The Fellowship supports the new UNC strategic plan, Higher Expectations, especially the “Excellent and Diverse Institutions” key area, by promoting partnerships and understanding between the Fellows from constituent institutions, and between the institutions and UNC-GA.


This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to become familiar with system, state, and national challenges in public higher education. Fellows will assume responsibility for special projects, as well as participate in ongoing activities in the Division of Academic Affairs. Enhancing understanding of the complex landscape of public higher education, understanding the context for system-level decision making, contributing to system-wide activities and initiatives in service to the University’s 17 constituent institutions, sharpening faculty expertise and extending faculty experience in university administration–these are the primary goals of this program.


Focus Areas:


The selection committee welcomes meritorious proposals in any issue area (not just the following), and has identified the below focus areas as having particular near-term importance:


Student Success and Undergraduate Education

  • o Develop, document, and disseminate across the system effective institution-level approaches for assessing and strengthening critical skills for students (e.g., oral communication, cognitive load management, design mindset, and adaptive thinking).
    o Research and develop approaches for an invigorated and deliberate faculty engagement around “innovative” pedagogies that promote and document improved student learning, including, but not limited to, use of technologies. Critical issues to consider include development of evidence for effectiveness and scalability of such pedagogies/tools.
    o Enhance the dissemination, adaptation, and implementation of “high impact practices” (e.g., live streaming supplemental instruction) to augment evidence and enhance collaboration through inter-institutional collaborative efforts for student success.
  • Research Administration and Planning
    o Examine best practices and institutional needs in research administration, shared services, undergraduate research programs, developing inter-institutional partnerships, and collaborative research planning.
  • Teaching, Learning and Technology
    o Explore campus innovations in using technology to enhance/enable teaching and learning, new models for learning–including adaptive learning, Competency Based Education (CBE), innovative team based learning, applications to experiential learning, and next generation course redesign–and assess effectiveness and outcomes of efforts.
  • Transition from K-12 to College
    o Engage in an agenda of research and evaluation designed to inform educator preparation program improvement efforts, influence P-12 education policy, enhance statewide understanding of critical workforce needs, and support evidence-based P-12 reform efforts.
    o Advance the development of data integration, analytic tools and visualization systems, such as the UNC Educator Quality Dashboard, Leadership Tracking System, and other data tools, to enhance the application of data to optimize educator preparation programs.


Application Considerations:
Applications are to be submitted through the institution’s Provost’s Office, and should include the following materials:


  •  Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (no more than two pages)
  • Short and long term career goals, and how this fellowship would enhance those (no more than one page)
  • Identification of potential activities (from above list, though other highly meritorious ideas may be considered), to include brief description of proposed project and qualifications. Link to specific strategic plan goals in Higher Expectations is strongly encouraged.
  • Statements of endorsement by the unit chair, dean and provost (no more than one page each). Please send to Dr. Rondall Rice, Executive Director for Operations and Administration, at
  • Due date: September 22, 2017.
  • Notice of selection on or around October 20, 2017.








  • Three Academic Affairs Fellows will be selected each year.
  • Tenured faculty members at the associate or professor rank are preferred; consideration may be given to exceptional faculty at other ranks or in other tracks.
  • Faculty members must have been on the home campus for at least 3 years.
  • Selection of Fellows will be based on:
    o Relevant experiences in the focus area of work, leadership activities.
    o Compelling link of potential benefit to future career and application to their home institution.
    o Review of application by committee which will include faculty representatives from constituent institutions and UNC-GA staff.
  • Each campus may forward a maximum of three applications. The campuses should determine a process for vetting applications to identify the three applications to forward to UNC-GA Academic Affairs; vetting committees should include faculty representation selected by the campus Faculty Senate (or Council).
  • Amount and types of support by the home institution.




Academic Affairs Fellowship Program Elements (Planned):
1. Full Day Orientation (January 2018)
2. Project – that will benefit home and other institutions and be developed with UNC-GA and other University institutions
3. Participation in UNC-GA Activities:
a. CAO meetings
b. BOG meetings
c. Others, as appropriate
4. Quarterly Faculty Fellows meetings (two planned each semester)
5. Mentorship meetings (two mentors–content, professional development)
6. Readings: project related; public higher education; leadership; other
7. Attendance at national meeting (e.g., APLU) funded by UNC-GA
8. Assessment and feedback, to include final report and annotated bibliography
Academic Affairs Faculty Fellowship Program




Fellowship Structure and Support:
(May vary with the scope of the project, but will be annotated in a MOU)




  • Fellowship period: One calendar year, from January to December
  • Faculty Fellows will receive a reduction in teaching load proposed in relationship to the possible project over an academic year
  • UNC-GA will generally provide the following financial support, the final support determined in each Fellow’s MOU, and recommend additional support for relevant travel to other conferences by the home institution:
    o 2/3 of one course release for the Spring and Fall semesters (home institution pays remaining 1/3 of course release)
    o One month summer salary
    o Travel costs for: one trip per semester to attend Board of Governors meeting; two trips per semester to attend CAO meetings at UNC-GA; one national conference, related to Fellow’s project; if separate from other meetings, travel to attend Quarterly Faculty Fellows meetings at UNC-GA.