Long one of Wake Forest’s defining features, the interaction between and among superb professors and bright, enthusiastic students is the key to real learning and discovery.- Excerpt from Wake Forest University Strategic Plan
Purposes of the Program
The purposes of the faculty fellows program are: first, to increase faculty-student engagement, by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and the faculty fellows in the residence halls for first-year students; second, to integrate the life of the mind into students’ social experiences; and third, to enhance the sense of community at Wake Forest. In general, the program is intended to foster our strategic plan by building exceptional faculty-student engagement and by helping to educate the whole person through enriching the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of our students.
Role of the Senior Faculty Fellow
Each of the six residence halls for first-year students will have a Senior Faculty Fellow. The Senior Faculty Fellow is appointed by the Provost following a recommendation made by the Faculty Fellows Program Advisory Board. The Senior Fellow is appointed for an initial two-year term, with the option of renewal.
Working closely with Residence Life and Housing staff, the Senior Fellow will have primary programming responsibility for his or her residence hall (in terms of the Fellows program) and will provide a prime example of student/faculty interactions outside the classroom. The Senior Fellow’s responsibilities and functions have not been defined in a formal, restrictive fashion because each Fellow will have different programming ideas and different strengths and interests to bring to the residence halls. In general terms, the Senior Fellow will be expected to:
- Help plan and oversee social activities to bring students and faculty together in the residence halls on a regular basis. Such events should occur on average two to three times a month and we expect many of these will occur on evenings or weekends. Examples of such social activities include, but are not limited to:
- Meals with students
- Informal study breaks
- Viewing parties for special events like debates or an athletic competition
- Book clubs
- Special guest speakers, both internal and external
- Small surprise events, such as a chocolate fountain, games in the lobby, or ice cream
- Organized outings to artistic, cultural or athletic events
- Dorm-wide competitions, such as flag football, kickball or dodgeball games
- Short-term service projects
- Maintain a regular but informal presence in the residence hall, including, but not limited to, visiting at critical times (e.g., move-in day, mid-terms.). Although there are no hard and fast rules in terms of hours, we anticipate that a role as a Senior Fellow will involve, on average, a commitment of four hours per week during the academic year.
- Administer the Faculty Fellows programming budget for his or her residence hall.
- Work closely with Residence Life and Housing Staff, hall councils, and faculty advisers.
- Assist in the selection of Associate Faculty Fellows.
- Engage in regular meetings with the other Senior Fellows to share ideas and experiences.
- Participate in training as provided.
- Assist with assessment of the Faculty Fellows program.
Role of the Associate Faculty Fellows
Each residence hall for first-year students will have two Associate Faculty Fellows. The Associate Fellows will assist the Senior Fellow by helping to generate programming ideas and participating in programming. Ideally, the Associate Fellows should each attend at least two organized events a month on average, and maintain a regular but informal presence in the residence hall, including but not limited to visiting at critical times (e.g., move-in day, mid-terms). Although there are no hard and fast rules in terms of hours, we anticipate that a role as an Associate Fellow will involve, on average, a commitment of two hours per week during the academic year. Associate Faculty Fellows will also be appointed for two year terms, with the option of renewal. They will also be expected to participate in any provided training on faculty-student engagement and mentoring.
The Faculty Fellows Program Advisory Board
The Faculty Fellows Program Advisory Board will assist in selecting the Fellows, creating training for incoming Fellows, and assessing the success of the Fellows program. The Board will consist of one representative from the faculty, one from the Office of the Dean of the College, one from the Office of the Provost, one from Residence Life and Housing, one from Student Life, and one from the Office of Personal and Career Development.
Please email Associate Provost Jennifer Collins a copy of your CV and a one to two page memo that describes 1) why you are interested in the program and 2) any specific ideas that you have for the program. We would like to receive these materials by December 15.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Does this program require me to live in a residence hall with students?
No — the Faculty Fellows program is non-residential. Instead, faculty will spend time in their assigned residence hall as their schedules allow. We do expect that much of the programming will need to occur on weekday evenings or on weekends in order to appeal to students.
2. Is this program only open to faculty members in the College?
No – the program is open to faculty members throughout the University. We think it will be very beneficial to students to encounter faculty members from a wide array of disciplines and schools.
3. I do not yet have tenure. Am I eligible to serve as a Fellow?
Tenured faculty members and faculty members on long-term teaching contracts are eligible to serve as Senior Fellows. Because the Associate Fellow role requires a lesser time commitment, we will consider faculty who are on the tenure track, but not yet tenured, for this role. However, we encourage such faculty to consult with your department chair and/or dean before submitting an application.
4. How does my service as a Fellow count towards my service obligation?
We fully expect that service as a Fellow counts towards a faculty member’s service obligations but this is a matter that should be addressed on an individual basis with your department chair and/or dean.
5. If I serve as a Fellow, will I have any help in planning and executing my programming ideas in my residence hall?
Yes. You will have support from both the Residence Life and Housing Staff and from individuals serving in the Presidential fellows program for our recent graduates.
6. Will I receive any training before assuming my role as a Fellow?
Yes. Prior to the launch of the program in the residence halls next fall, we will offer a series of training sessions. To make this as easy as possible, these will primarily take place in the form of lunch or dinner sessions approximately once a month during the spring and summer. There may also be a workshop or two during the summer. We also expect that the Fellows will continue to gather as a group after the program launches to share ideas and experiences.