Navigating Retirement After an Academic Career

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Preparation for retirement is particularly challenging for members of the academic community who have spent the majority of their lives engaged in research, teaching, and leadership. Recognizing retirement as a life-shaping event, the UNC Retired Faculty Association (RFA) and the Institute for Arts and Humanities initiated a major new initiative: The IAH Retired Faculty Program.

Humanities in Leadership


Many organizations, both in and outside of higher education, offer leadership programs focused on acquiring skills to address the complex challenges that faculty leaders face. Embracing its humanistic roots, the IAH takes leadership development a step further: we work to also grow the interpersonal skills of our leaders, building their capacity for introspection, emotional intelligence, and fostering a community of p … Continued

Q&A with 2019 Reckford Lecturer, Dr. Stefani Engelstein

Dr. Engelstein will deliver the 25th Annual Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture on Monday, February 25. Her lecture titled “The Opposite Sex: A History” will connect literature and science and the idea of “the opposite sex.” We sat down with Dr. Engelstein to learn more about her research and how it lead to her lecture topic.

Approaches to Writing Across Disciplines

Throughout the years the IAH has been home to many faculty that pursue writing projects of all kinds — from novels, to biographies, and plays. In anticipation of our Fellows Celebration, we’re taking a look back at guests on “The Institute” podcast that shared their approaches to writing, research, and staying inspired.

Seeing Faculty Support Firsthand

Angela O'Neill, Director of Development

As the director of development for the Institute, I am able to witness the dedication to faculty support and the impact that our donors have on campus firsthand, something that I am humbled by every day. Most recently, I was able to observe the final Faculty Fellowship session of the semester, whereby Fellows from six departments across the College discussed the culmination of their research over the last four months … Continued

The Basis of a Brand

Sophia Ramos, Communications Specialist

Today, it makes sense that branding is essential to the success of a company. The number of times a person can interact with a company’s brand is higher now more than ever. Branding is a term mentioned frequently across industries, but what exactly is it and why is it important?

Classroom Strategies in a Tense Political Environment

Mark Crescenzi

At every level there have been no shortage of heated political issues surrounding our students. As a scholar of peace and conflict in global politics I have never shied away from teaching uncomfortable material in the classroom. But with the midterm elections around the corner and no end in sight to intense partisan debate, how can we as teachers give our students the opportunity to process this tension without getti … Continued

Q&A with Vice Chair of the IAH Advisory Board, Roger Perry

Roger Lee Perry

The IAH Advisory Board is a group that brings knowledge, skills, and strategic advice to help further the Institute’s goals. We talk to Roger Perry, Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, about his time at Carolina as student, and how he has continued to support the University throughout the years.

How does the IAH support fixed-term faculty?

Philip Hollingsworth

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) has a national, thirty-year reputation of supporting UNC’s faculty through community building programs that propel scholarship and leadership development. In 2013, the IAH expanded its programming to offer support throughout a faculty member’s career including their first years at UNC, their next steps after receiving tenure, and including the experience just before and … Continued

Essential Joy: Organizing time, mind and life

Our society is bound to a lot of stuff.  Every tool, souvenir, and sentimental object carries and affects the energy which flows through a room.  For every object that blocks light, a shadow is cast.  For every object that is placed, a weight is introduced.  De-cluttering is often the first step to encouraging lightness to flow into our lives.