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

Current Fellows

2016-2017 was the pilot year for the Provost's Office Faculty Fellows Program. Click here to meet our current Fellows


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 and Application Deadlines

Applicants must select one focus area when applying:

Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (Applications due June 15, 2017)

Duties: Assist in coordination and implementation of New Faculty Orientation and New Faculty Academy; will coordinate with the director to design and facilitate workshops on teaching and pedagogy; develop content and resources for CTLE website, consult with individual faculty on issues related to teaching and learning, assist in the development of programs and projects, collect data for annual review purposes, and perform other duties as assigned. The fellow will report to the director for teaching and learning excellence.

Criteria: Faculty fellow must have high level of achievement in teaching and pedagogy as demonstrated by awards or other recognition; familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning or publications highly desired.

Applications are now closed and materials are under review. 

Faculty Fellow for Departmental Leadership Development (Applications due June 15, 2017)

Duties: Assist in the coordination and implementation of Department Chairs Leadership Development program; develop resources for chairs to disseminate on Faculty Affairs website; develop metrics for assessment and maintain data on program effectiveness. The fellow will report to the [interim] vice provost for faculty affairs. 

Criteria:  Faculty fellow should have prior experience as a department chair or other equivalent position of responsibility in departmental leadership; familiarity with literature on leadership development highly desired.

Applications are now closed and materials are under review. 

Title IX Liaison (Applications due June 15, 2017)

Duties: Serves as liaison with the Office of Equity and Access Services to educate VCU faculty about Title IX issues; represents the Office of Faculty Affairs in consultation with Equity and Access on faculty-related Title IX cases and serves as a resource for chairs, deans and other university leaders to disseminate broadly information on university Title IX policies and procedures. The fellow will report to the senior vice provost for faculty affairs and collaborate strongly with the director for Equity and Access Services. 

Criteria: Faculty should have strong research interest and familiarity with the social, psychological and/or legal complexities of Title IX issues. 

Applications are now closed and materials are under review. 

Faculty Fellow for Academic Affairs (Applications closed May 1, 2017)
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 (Applications closed May 1, 2017)
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 (Applications closed May 1, 2017)
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 (Applications closed May 1, 2017)
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. 

Fellowship Compensation

Faculty Fellows will receive $1,500 per semester for their participation in 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 four 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).

Orientation Meeting

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.

Reporting Requirements

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.

Selection Criteria

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.