VCU Provost's Office
Faculty Fellows Program
As part of VCU’s Quest for Distinction, funds have been designated for experienced faculty members to participate in the Provost’s Office Faculty Fellows Program. This program is designed to:
- cultivate faculty leadership for the academic affairs, faculty affairs, community engagement and student affairs aspects of the university mission
- support faculty development and administration succession planning
- increase collaboration and communications between academic units and the Provost’s Office
- enhance the operations of the Provost’s Office to accomplish key strategic goals
2016-2017 was the pilot year for the Provost's Office Faculty Fellows Program. Click here to meet our current Fellows.
2017 - 2018 Application Deadline and Notification
Applications are received each spring and notifications are made in early June for the following academic year. For additional details about the program, directly contact the vice provost responsible for the Fellowship Focus Area to which application is being made (see Fellowship Focus Areas section below). All applicants are encouraged to speak with the vice provost responsible for the Fellowship Focus Area about their fellowship goal ideas prior to submitting their application.
The application deadline for 2017-2018 is May 1, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The VCU Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow Program supports faculty members who have an interest in deepening their knowledge and skills in higher education administration and in contributing to the operations of the Provost’s Office. Fellows are appointed for two academic semesters with the potential of extending their appointment for an additional two semesters. Fellows must apply and be accepted for a fellowship extension beyond two semesters.
Fellowship Focus Areas
Four parallel focus areas are offered, and applicants must select one focus area when applying:
|Faculty Fellow for Academic Affairs|
|Fellows selected for an Academic Affairs Fellowship will work in the Office of Academic Affairs to enhance the quality of academic programs at the university. Academic Affairs Fellows report directly to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Deborah Noble-Triplett, Ph.D.|
|Faculty Fellow for Faculty Affairs|
|Fellows selected for a Faculty Affairs Fellowship will work in the Office of Faculty Affairs to develop and implement initiatives that support the success of the university’s faculty members in advancing their careers. Faculty Affairs Fellows report directly to the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Kathy Bassard, Ph.D.|
|Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement|
|Fellows selected for a Community Engagement Fellowship will work in the Division of Community Engagement (DCE) to support the community engagement mission of the university. Community engagement fellows may choose to participate in projects related to community-engaged teaching and learning, community-engaged research, and/or community outreach and service initiatives. Community Engagement Fellows report directly to the Vice Provost for Community Engagement, Catherine Howard, Ph.D.|
|Faculty Fellow for Student Affairs|
|Fellows selected for a Student Affairs Fellowship will work in the Division of Student Affairs and engage in projects and initiatives to enhance the quality of programs and services for students or division staff. Fellows will work with the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Charles Klink, Ph.D. and members of his senior staff.|
Faculty Fellows will receive $1,500 per semester for their participation in the the fellows program. Continuing fellows must apply and be accepted. These amounts can be transferred to an academic department for course buy-out or for professional development.
All full-time faculty members, including tenure-line, term and clinical appointments from all academic units at VCU with a minimum of two years of employment at VCU, are eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellows program.
Schedule and Expectations
Scope and Nature of Work
Fellows working in each of the three focus areas will collaborate with their supervising vice provost to determine the scope and nature of their fellowship work for the year. Fellows are expected to contribute the amount of effort towards fellowship work equivalent to one 3-credit course buyout for the academic year (i.e, across two academic semesters).
Fellows are expected to participate in an orientation meeting during the first month of their fellowship start date. The meeting provides an opportunity for Fellows to meet each other, review the program goals, overview each Fellow’s goals and develop a schedule for the fellowship.
Faculty Fellows Mentoring and Supervision
Each fellow will be mentored and supervised by the senior vice provost or vice provost who oversees the office into which the fellow has been selected. Regular meetings between the fellow and their mentor/supervisor are expected. The fellow’s supervisor will work with the fellow to create a work plan for the year that clearly articulates the goals and deliverables for the fellowship. Each fellow’s work plan will be finalized by October 1 and reviewed (and revised if necessary) by February 1.
Due on or before May 1: Each Fellow is required to provide their supervisor with an end-of-year report that includes the following components. NOTE: activities/accomplishments that are planned/expected to occur between May 1 and Aug. 31 can be included in the report as (Expected):
- SECTION ONE: Description of the fellowship goals and evidence of the accomplishment of these goals.
- SECTION TWO: Reflection on the knowledge and skills learned as a result of the fellowship (i.e., professional development).
- SECTION THREE: Description of the benefits accrued to the Provost’s Office as a result of the fellow’s work.
IMPORTANT: Fellows who wish to continue beyond the first two semesters may combine their end-of-year report with their Fellowship Extension Application and submit both by the May 1 deadline.
Each year the VCU Provost’s Office Faculty Fellows Program seeks to engage a competent and diverse cohort of faculty members. Evaluation of applications will be based on the following criteria:
(a) Clear articulation of the applicant’s fellowship goals.
(b) A level of experience and expertise, as evidenced by the applicant’s curriculum vita, that indicates the applicant’s readiness for a administrative leadership position in higher education.
(c) A strong letter of support.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Faculty Fellow" in the subject line.