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The UNC Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE), with support from the UNC Graduate School, solicits applications to fill several 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.

Throughout the year in the GSF Program, Fellows can expect to:

  • Observe/shadow staff members across the four domains of the Center—leadership, mentoring, research, and teaching and learning—in order to understand the broad professional development needs of the Center’s clientele;
  • Align their areas of expertise and opportunities for growth with existing and emergent CFE initiatives;
  • Participate fully in “life of the Center” activities (e.g., weekly staff meetings, project team meetings, staff retreats, cohort gatherings) to enrich their overall professional development;
  • Prepare one or more substantive research or implementation projects in collaboration with and/or with direct oversight from CFE staff members; and
  • Create a scholarly product related to their experiences which could be shared both internally and more broadly with faculty development and/or disciplinary communities.

The application period for the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Fellowship Program closed at 9:00pm (ET) on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

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 2019-2020 academic year, this commitment begins on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and extends through Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
  • You work primarily alongside CFE staff members in one (or more) focus area(s): Leadership, Mentoring, Research, and Teaching and Learning.
  • 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 monthly EHRA non-faculty 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 Academic Year

  • Abigail Lee | Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Nicholas Onuska | Department of Chemistry
  • Geovani Ramirez | Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Mya Roberson | Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Karly Schmidt-Simard | Department of Geography

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • 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 Academic Year (Spring Semester only)

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


(Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2019)

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