Associate Professor Program

The Associate Professor Program is co-sponsored by the IAH and the College of Arts and Sciences. Throughout academe and across disciplines, newly tenured and promoted professors face unique professional and personal challenges. This program is designed to support them as they enter this transitional period. All College faculty are invited to participate in the program in the first year following their promotion to associate professor.

The 20152016 program will consist of four dinners and two lunchtime events.  Dinners, hosted by alternating pairs of senior faculty leaders, will provide time and space for participants to forge connections beyond their departments and to discuss professional and academic issues of common interest.  Lunch events will focus on topics such as: sustaining work-life balance at mid-career, managing increased expectations and opportunities for university service, developing leadership and negotiating skills, preparing for promotion to full professor, and positioning oneself in the academy as an established scholar. 


Dinner Events

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:00 pm at Hyde Hall – RSVP by 08/26/15
Hosted by Jan Bardsley (Asian Studies) and Bernie Herman (American Studies)
Thursday, December 3, 2015 6:00 pm in the Dowd Room at the Carolina Club – RSVP by 11/24/15
Hosted by Joe Templeton (Chemistry) and Jane Thrailkill (English and Comparative Literature)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:30 pm at Jujube (1201 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) – RSVP by 1/20/16
Hosted by Mark Crescenzi (Political Science) and Michele Berger (Women’s and Gender Studies)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 6:00 pm at Il Palio (1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) – RSVP by 2/26/16
Hosted by John McGowan (English and Comparative Literature)


Lunch Events

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:30 pm -2:00 pm in Hyde Hall – RSVP by 09/22/15
Resilience and the Academic Life Workshop with Rob Kramer, IAH Senior Leadership Consultant

Resilience, defined as the capacity to be resourceful and creative, to make choices, and to take effective action no matter what is going on (Silsbee 2015), is an essential quality for busy faculty members in the post-tenure stages of their careers. The willingness to explore one’s perspective, mindset, awareness, and health enables constructive responses to stress and setback.

The workshop will be led by Rob Kramer, Senior Leadership Consultant for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and co-facilitator of the Academic Leadership Program and the Chairs Leadership Program. Drawing upon seventeen years’ experiences teaching, consulting and coaching UNC faculty and administrators, Rob will outline the core elements of resilience in this session. He will also pose reflective questions to help participants identify specific resilience building strategies for themselves, particularly within an academic setting.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm in Hyde Hall – RSVP by 10/22/15
Promotion to Full: A Conversation with Members of UNC’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee
Join current and former members of the APT committee for a candid and informal lunchtime conversation about reaching the next bar in academe: promotion to full professor. Bring your questions! Panelists: Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost (ex-officio APT); Amy Herring, Professor of Biostatistics (current APT chair); Joel Tepper, Hector McLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research (APT committee); and Abigail Panter, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (former APT chair).

For more information, contact:

Philip Hollingsworth
IAH Coordinator for Faculty Programs
(919) 843-5464
pholling@email.unc.edu