The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded a gift in 2009 by computer maker Lenovo as one of four Lenovo Innovation Centers worldwide participating in its Educational Research Initiative. The primary focus of UNC’s work is the implementation and evaluation of a new generation of professional development strategies for faculty and graduate instructors.
The CFE set aside a portion of the gift for instructional grants that have been used by Carolina faculty members to promote innovation in the areas of collaborative learning, global education, and engaging large class sections. Information on funded projects to date is available in the annual reports for the program.
The CFE is not currently accepting grant applications for this program. The future of the program is being considered as part of a strategic planning process currently underway at the CFE.