The Learning Community for Faculty New to Carolina is based around a simple premise: that our newest colleagues can only flourish as faculty after they are prepared to manage all of the associated transitions which accompany their roles at UNC. The nature of these potential transitions varies–from graduate student to faculty member; between practices, policies, cultures, and characteristics of prior institutions; and/or while establishing their lives in the Triangle.

When cohort membership is announced on September 1st, the Learning Community will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month (September through May) from 9:05am-9:55am in the Anne Queen Lounge at the Campus Y. Regular attendance at these gatherings is expected for all cohort members.

Over the course of an academic year, the Learning Community is charged with undertaking three central tasks: uncovering key questions which help them make sense of their new environment; identifying the stakeholders on campus and beyond who can provide (partial) answers to those questions; and sharing strategies for successfully acculturating to the UNC campus and surrounding communities.

From the expressions of interest that the CFE solicits in August, we strive to assemble cohorts of new faculty to sustain conversations which are trans-disciplinary, reflexive, hopeful (or solution-focused), and holistic. All members of the Learning Community receive copies of five to six books to be read and discussed, one per month, for the first five months of the academic year. Throughout the year, Learning Community members are charged with augmenting the group’s reading list in tune with their particular interests.

Joining the Learning Community

Expressions of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis in advance of a September 1st notification date.

Additional Perspectives and Strategies