Technological change continues to influence life and work on campus and beyond. UNC instructors are using technology to explore new opportunities to engage students, to lower barriers to student access, and to make their own teaching practices more satisfying and effective. The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) works with faculty members to explore the appropriate and effective use of digital technologies, in partnership with other campus organizations such as ITS-Teaching and Learning, OASIS, and University Libraries.

In 2017, Lenovo announced that the CFE will receive approximately $400,000 over the next four years to support instructional innovation on campus. The funding is part of the University’s renegotiation of the Carolina Computing Initiative contract with Lenovo. The CFE announced a competitive grants program and the 2018-2019 Call for Proposals in 2017. The 2019-20 Call for Proposals will be announced soon in January 2019. Contact Doug James at with any questions.  

Awards for the 2018-2019 CFE/Lenovo Instructional Innovations Grants Program:

Daniel Anderson, Grant Glass – English and Comparative Literature
The Digital Muse Meets the Scholarly Essay

Glynis Cowell – Romance Studies
Romance Studies/Chatham County Dual Language Program

Lisa Dawley and Derek Creason – School of Education
Engaging Students and Faculty with Augmented and Virtual Reality for Learning

Ben Frey and Michelle Robinson – American Studies
Leveraging Digital Technologies for Cherokee Language Learning

Barrie Hayes and Fran Allegri – Health Sciences Library
Clear as Glass:  Using Innovative Lightboard Technology for Online Instruction

Kurt Gilliland, Ed Kernick, Richard Hobbs – School of Medicine
Integrating 3D Virtual Anatomy at UNC School of Medicine

Lauren Leve – Religious Studies
Developing 3D Models and Virtual Reality Experiences for Teaching Himalayan Buddhism

Nandita Mani and Brian Moynihan – Health Sciences Library
AR/VR Expansion for the Digital Health Program

Rick Morse and Stephanie Panke – School of Government
Local Government in North Carolina: Open Educational Resources (OER) E-Book and Podcast

Rishma Shah – School of Dentistry
Using Digital Technologies to Identify Need for Dental Treatment

Eric Zwemer – School of Medicine
Making “Pick5” Come Alive: An Innovative and Interactive Approach to Pediatric Resident Educational Conferences


Program Contact: Bob Henshaw / 919 962-9969

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