The CFE offers graduate students targeted opportunities–often in conjunction with the UNC Graduate School–to prepare for careers in higher education and related contexts.

Graduate Student Fellowship (GSF) Program

The CFE and the Graduate School invite applications to the Graduate Student Fellowship program. The joint Graduate School and CFE program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to learn about faculty development.

Orientation workshops on effective teaching practices

UNC Departments or Schools who host graduate student orientations may request a 45- to 75-minute, CFE-facilitated workshop on effective teaching practices. These workshops generally include strategies for planning a successful first day of class and understanding their students’ strengths/needs. Requests for graduate teaching assistant orientation workshops may be sent to Phil Edwards <>. (The previously-offered Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation online course is not being offered during the 2018-2019 academic year.)

Survive and Thrive!: A ‘New’ TA Institute

This 4-hour Institute provides TAs with functional skills central to their success in new/expanded TA roles as well as opportunities to apply what they learn to their initial experiences with their students. Sessions and workshops during this Institute are designed to increase TAs’ confidence around interacting with students, to anticipate challenges and plan potential solutions, and to effectively work with undergraduate students through their TA roles. Event information and registration are now available for for the April 2019 Institute. This event is a partnership between The Graduate School, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and CIRTL @ UNC Chapel Hill.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) @ UNC Chapel Hill

The CIRTL @ UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum, coordinated by the UNC Graduate School, offers UNC graduate students sustained opportunities to develop their teaching practices and associated materials relevant to faculty careers in higher education. Three levels of recognition–‘CIRTL Associate’, ‘CIRTL Practitioner’, and ‘CIRTL Scholar’–are available as milestones for students’ progress through the curriculum. With the start of the 2018-19 academic year, the CIRTL @ UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum replaces the Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP), an effort which was co-sponsored by the CFE and the UNC Graduate School. The FFFP was a semester-long program that introduced graduate students to evidence-based teaching practices, helped them understand the roles and responsibilities of faculty members at different types of institutions of higher education, and helped them reflect on their professional goals; these domains are fully represented among the current requirements for ‘CIRTL Associate’-level outcomes.