The UNC System emphasizes that it is one University, comprised of 17 unique institutions. As President Margaret Spellings is fond of saying, "Our institutions are individually remarkable, collectively extraordinary."
We are many, but one. This paradox can present its fair share of conundrums: how does the UNC System promote the distinct and remarkable nature of each of its institutions while also maintaining a shared sense of purpose? How can faculty members fulfill their individual research goals, teaching obligations, and their home institution's mission while also making meaningful contributions to System-wide operations? How can the University single out individuals--from among the thousands teaching at 17 far-flung institutions--who will have the capacity to step into administrative roles?
For three years and counting, the UNC System Office's Division of Academic Affairs has organized and funded a Faculty Fellows program to help address these challenges.
Last week, Faculty Fellows convened for the second of four quarterly meetings
On hand were 2018's three fellows: Fayetteville State University's Dr. Peter Eley; North Carolina A & T State University's Dr. Alice Stewart; and Appalachian State University's Dr. Krista Terry. Because the System Office recently restructured the program to run concurrently with the calendar year instead of the school calendar, this year's fellows were joined by UNC Greensboro's Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya, a member of the 2017 cohort whose tenure comes to a close this summer.
At the core of the Faculty Fellows program is a search for the next generation of administrators who will have the creativity and vision to lead the University as it continues its perpetual quest to serve North Carolinians better and with more efficiency. Appropriately, program applicants—all established faculty, primed to move on to the next stage of their careers--are asked to submit a research proposal related to teaching or higher education administration. The selection committee invites proposals that delve into focus areas of “particular near-term importance” to the University, such as student success in undergraduate education, research administration and planning, learning technologies, and K-12 to college transitioning.
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