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Faculty Programs


The Institute hosts programs for faculty at every stage of their career. Complementing the Faculty Fellowship and Academic Leadership Program Fellowship, our programs seek to connect faculty.  We do this from the moment new professors arrive for the first semester, through the tenure process, leadership opportunities, service, and retirement. IAH faculty programs support Carolina scholars and artists because we believe that our faculty are crucial to the UNC-Chapel Hill goal of service.

Since 2013, the IAH New Faculty Program is designed to introduce newly-arrived faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to interdisciplinary conversations and mentoring networks at UNC-CH. The program engages a cohort of faculty through academic and social events throughout the academic year. The New Faculty Program is open to full-time faculty at all ranks who are within their first three years of appointment at UNC-Chapel Hill. To join, please contact Administrative Support Specialist Silas Webb at

Check out the New Faculty Program Collaboration Grant, listed with our many other IAH faculty opportunities.

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. The Associate Professor Program is co-sponsored by the Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences. All College faculty are invited to participate in the program in the first year following their promotion to associate professor.

The program typically consists of four dinners and two lunchtime events. Dinners, hosted by the Program Administrator, 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.

The Chairs Leadership Program (CLP), which started in the 2007-2008 academic year, is a program of the College of Arts and Sciences offered in collaboration with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

The College recommends but does not require participation by newly appointed and reappointed chairs. The CLP is an addition to the College’s ongoing program of support for chairs, which also includes the annual chair’s retreat, the chair’s council, the chair’s manual and the assistance of the senior associate deans and other members of the Dean’s staff.

Department chairs provide an important service to their colleagues and the university as a whole and sometimes face demanding and difficult situations. Chairs help form the strategic direction for their departments and manage budgets, instructional programs and new faculty recruitment. They have major responsibility for developing and evaluating new faculty.


Modeled on the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellowship, the CLP offers first-time and reappointed chairs a year of monthly confidential conversations in which they can share ideas, identify best practices and explore important issues related to the important roles they play within the university.

Topics for discussion may include the chair’s role in mentoring and evaluating new faculty, developing incentives and rewards for faculty productivity, strategic leadership and departmental goal setting, dealing with difficult interactions, developing new departmental resources and encouraging a collegial climate.

The CLP incorporates a mentoring component by including in each class a mix of returning and newly appointed chairs. Like the ALP, each CLP group has the option of meeting on its own after the completion of the initial year, thus forming a continuing support group for chairs.


All newly appointed or reappointed chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to participate in the year of their appointment or reappointment.

Preparation for retirement is particularly challenging for members of the academic community who have spent many years in a position of research, teaching and leadership in the university and larger community. Preserving and advancing the knowledge gathered during an academic career in the post-retirement lifetime requires not only a thoughtful examination of personal retirement issues, but also consideration of how this knowledge might continue to inform a larger public of students outside the university community. This seminar is a project of the UNC Retired Faculty Association and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Both organizations are committed to the vitality and well-being of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty.

Recognizing retirement as a life-shaping event, the purpose of this seminar is to contribute to the process of deliberation of faculty members as they enter retirement and active old age as a new stage of life.

In short, the seminar is designed to provide the space and time to begin to create a life you love in retirement.

For more information, contact:

Silas Webb
Administrative Support Specialist