The UNC Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE), with support from the UNC Graduate School, regularly solicits applications to fill 4 to 6 Graduate Student Fellow (GSF) positions each academic year. GSFs are instrumental in advancing the mission of the CFE through teaching and learning, research, leadership, and mentoring initiatives.

We are currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 GSF cohort. Any currently-enrolled UNC graduate student is eligible to apply.

Application timeline

  1. Applications are being accepted until 9:00pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
  2. On-site interviews will be scheduled from Monday, April 16, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018 Friday, April 27, 2018. [Updated 04/16/2018-PE]
  3. Review committee decisions will be sent via email no later than Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018. [Updated 04/16/2018-PE]

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The details

  • You contribute 10 hours of effort per week (on average) — primarily on-site and during the CFE’s typical hours of operation — from the first day of Fall Semester classes until the final day of Spring Semester exams (excluding holidays and breaks). For the 2018-2019 academic year, this commitment begins on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and extends through Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
  • You work primarily alongside CFE staff members in one (or more) focus area(s): Teaching and Learning, Research, Leadership, and/or Mentoring.
  • As a cohort, you exchange ideas, challenges, and emerging opportunities with each other to create shared understandings of both (1) how pan-university educational development initiatives are structured and (2) how you can best contribute to those initiatives.
  • Each semester of your appointment, you will receive a $5000 stipend distributed as equal payments according to the University’s biweekly pay schedule. (Tuition waivers and benefits are not offered for GSF appointments.)

What we expect from you and what you can expect from us

  • The CFE is a dynamic workplace where priorities may shift rapidly in response to emerging campus needs and opportunities. Throughout the academic year, you may be asked to observe/shadow during a CFE-sponsored event, co-facilitate workshop activities, serve on a planning group, update collections of online resources, consult with small groups of clients, develop promotional materials and marketing strategies, and/or co-develop new CFE programs. Some CFE events may begin before 9:00am or continue beyond 5:00pm, and you may occasionally have project responsibilities which require concentrated effort in excess of the 10-hour/week average for an individual week. (We will actively help you negotiate a sustainable balance between your GSF commitments and, well, your broader responsibilities as UNC graduate students.) Through this work, you will develop a repertoire of practices related to educational development in alignment with your professional goals. [~70% effort]
  • We rely upon your curiosity, resourcefulness, and creativity to extend the Center’s work in fresh, rigorous, and meaningful ways — especially during CFE-wide meetings, staff retreats, and our weekly GSF cohort gatherings. (Fridays are generally meeting-heavy days at the CFE. If your schedule is flexible on Fridays during the academic year, that’s a plus.) [~30% effort]
  • We strongly prefer that you have a conversation with your Advisor, Chair, and/or Dean about the 10-hour/week commitment you’d be taking on as a GSF so that together you can plan effectively for your continuing success at UNC and beyond. Among CFE staff, our mentoring philosophies embrace the continuum of potential post-graduate career pathways available to GSFs: academic, alt-ac, non-ac, etc.; we expect that you will be reflective about how your GSF activities can best support your long-term career ambitions.

Graduate Student Fellows

2018-2019

  • TBA on Friday, April 27, 2018 Friday, May 4, 2018 [Updated 04/16/2018-PE]

2017-2018

  • Jacqueline Chang | Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Sarah Gaby | Department of Sociology
  • Ampson Hagan | Department of Anthropology
  • Sarah Ruth Hoffman | Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Don Holmes | Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Chenai Kadungure | Curriculum in Global Studies

2016-2017 (began Spring Semester 2017)

  • Franny Brock | Department of Art and Art History
  • Ampson Hagan | Department of Anthropology
  • Heather Woods | Department of Communications

 

(Updated Wednesday, April 18, 2018)

Phil Edwards

Send any questions about the program or the application process to Phil Edwards, CFE Instructional Consultant:

PHILLIP.M.EDWARDS@UNC.EDU
PHONE: 919-962-9970 | FAX: 919-962-5236
OFFICE: 316 WILSON LIBRARY