“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
For information about the current Faculty Fellows at South Forest, please visit the South Forest webpage.
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.
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:
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 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.
If you are interested in the Faculty Fellows program, please email Christy Buchanan, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising (Wake Forest College) for more information.
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.
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.
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.
This is a matter that should be addressed on an individual basis with your department chair and/or dean.
Yes. You will have support from the Residence Life and Housing Staff in the implementation of programming.
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.