Timothy Marr named Faculty Fellowship Program Director
February 22, 2018 | M. Clay
Timothy Marr, Distinguished Term Associate Professor (American Studies), has been appointed Faculty Fellowship Program Director at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) beginning July 1. He succeeds Associate Professor Michele Berger (Women’s and Gender Studies), who has served in the role for five years.
The Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) catalyzed the founding of the Institute more than 30 years ago. The aim of the program is to support faculty in their scholarship and art by giving them a semester leave from teaching. Fellows meet weekly to facilitate accountability among peers across fields.
“I’m delighted to work with those faculty fortunate to be selected as Fellows at the Institute,” said Marr. “The weekly lunch seminars serve as a dynamic wellspring of collective and interdisciplinary engagement in the heart of our campus.”
“Tim brings so much to this position—his winning enthusiasm, his generosity of spirit, his breadth of knowledge,” said IAH Director and Professor Mark Katz (Music), who is also the Ruel W. Tyson Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. “This program, and the Institute as a whole, exists to foster the community of faculty, and to empower them to realize their scholarly and artistic potential. Tim is exceptionally qualified to serve this mission, and we welcome his presence in Hyde Hall.”
Marr is a third generation teacher who taught high school and university in California, Connecticut, Pakistan, and Australia before joining the American Studies Department at UNC in 2000. He was awarded the Chapman Family Teaching Award in 2009, which bestowed a Faculty Fellowship at the Institute.
“My own experience as a Fellow opened me to kindness of colleagues across the University in ways that broaden the ambit of my thinking, provided valuable perspectives on my scholarship, and generated important connection in the fabric of our university community.”