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Attract, Reward and Retain the World’s Best Faculty

Throughout North Carolina, across the U.S. and around the world, elite academicians and researchers pursue work led by their passion to serve humanity. Those people find their home at Carolina. Nowhere in the world will you find a more like-minded spirit among faculty than at Carolina. Their accomplishments, expertise and ability could take them anywhere in the world; however, they choose UNC-Chapel Hill because we remain, as we were meant to be — the University of the people. However, economic realities have affected our ability to attract, reward and retain these people. Therefore, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty and fostering an environment that inspires their creativity, collaboration and service to the state and beyond are vital drivers of this campaign. 

Faculty and Scholarship
    Dr. Herbert Peterson and Dr. Alison Steube, photographed in the atrium of the Gillings School of Global Public Health on May 12, 2017, in Chapel Hill. Dr. Peterson is a William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor and is a past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Stuebe is a distinguished scholar in infant and young child feeding in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist and associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Think Critically. Act Compassionately.

    The liberal arts cover a breadth and depth of knowledge, enabling students to thrive in any discipline. But at Carolina, they’re more than just a springboard. Thanks to one of the most respected liberal arts research programs in the country, our students discover their passions, and our professors advance their work.

    Pat Parker’s research and teaching explores questions about difference and equity. She’s completing her next book, which documents a multi-year research project with African American girls learning social justice leadership in their communities. The chair of the Department of Communication, she also developed the UNC College of Arts & Science’s diversity liaison program, a network of faculty leaders working toward equity and inclusion in their departments. That initiative earned her the 2014 University Diversity Award. 

    Carolina alumnus, John Ellison believes passionately in ensuring we support our faculty, because he sees the impact of their work on students, the state, nation and world. With this mind, Ellison gave Carolina $10 million to create the Faculty Excellence Challenge. These funds will go to support University leadership’s ability to help attract, retain and reward faculty, while challenging the Carolina community to also give. See moreOpens in new window

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