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Faculty Fellows

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. Each Senior 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
    • 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 expect that a role as a Senior Fellow will involve 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.
  • 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 expect that a role as an Associate Fellow will involve 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 at least 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, and one from the Office of Personal and Career Development.

Application Process

Please email Vice Provost Lynn Sutton 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 February 2, 2015.

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 contracts are eligible to serve as Faculty Fellows.  We encourage 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?

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 the Residence Life and Housing Staff in the implementation of programming.

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 full day of training.  We will also facilitate the Fellows gathering as a group during the academic year to share ideas and experiences.