Duties of Specific Faculty Fellows

All Fellows will be tenured faculty. The following are the descriptions of the available fellowships:

Community Engagement Fellow

This Fellow would encourage collaboration between institutions of higher education and local/state, national, and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Building relationships (outreach) and helping to implement change
  • Helping to fold international students and their cultures into VSU’s and our region’s cultural patterns
  • Working with faculty, staff, and community partners to create community-based activities which are well integrated into the learning process
  • Devising ways for VSU to interact more effectively with the many communities in which it participates:
  • Enhancing curriculum, teaching, and learning through interaction with regional communities
    • Facilitating community retreats
    • Addressing critical societal issues
    • Establishing a partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity
  • Preparing educated, engaged citizens who incorporate democratic values and civic responsibility into their decisions and who work toward the public good.

Diversity and Social Equity Innovation Fellow

This Fellow would bring his or her knowledge of the importance of diversity and social justice to assist faculty and staff in “building a campus climate that upholds the dignity of each community member” (Elon University Inclusive Community Council).

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Working to ensure that the curriculum and classroom environments are welcoming and inclusive for students
  • Working on creating strategies to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty
  • Working with campus staff to ensure that international students understand the academic and social culture of VSU and have opportunities to share their cultural traditions with the campus and community
  • Encouraging faculty use accessible materials so that all students can be successful.

Entrepreneurial Innovation Fellow

This Fellow would bring her or his experience to help others translate research findings into the non-academic world. This fellowship fosters transformational thinking that can be applied to creating entrepreneurial opportunities consistent with our mission and the facilitation of creative ideas and solutions, implemented for the purpose of positively and productively improving processes within the University.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversations that target the generation of solutions for campus issues
  • Supporting faculty and staff interested in creating entrepreneurial endeavors consistent with the university mission and goals
  • Developing a resource of exciting entrepreneurial endeavors being implemented at other universities
  • Collaborating with other campus entities, such as the Faculty Research Seed Grants, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Applied Social Sciences, to encourage research immediately usable by organizations and non-profits in VSU’s service region
  • Working with community partners to create entrepreneurial opportunities in our region.

Grants and External Funding Fellow

This fellow will serve as a resource, coach and mentor for faculty and staff interested in pursuing external funding.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Working collaboratively with the Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs to assist individual faculty/staff in
    • identifying external funding sources
    • writing the proposal
    • developing the budget
    • submitting the proposal
  •  Alerting faculty/staff to promising external funding sources
  • Providing “brainstorming” circles to assist faculty/staff in turning ideas/dreams/research into a viable funded project.

Research Fellow

This Fellow would bring his or her expertise in conducting research to consult with and train other faculty and staff, in order to help with the development of their research or publication of their scholarship.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Outreach to academic programs, departments, and the Graduate School to ascertain the needs and concerns related to research
  • Planning and coordinating group activities to inform the VSU community about research and publishing opportunities and to encourage involvement in those venues
  • Coordinating access to research tools and tutoring in areas such as statistics, literature searching, and requirements of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Helping faculty apply outcomes of their research to the other areas of excellence, i.e., teaching, community engagement, technological innovation, diversity and social equity, and entrepreneurship.

Teaching Fellow

This fellowship serves to foster and enhance the teaching skills of VSU faculty in an effort to hone skills in the traditional teaching environment while developing skills in new and rapidly emerging teaching environments.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring ways of developing more effective teaching techniques, which may lead to:
    • Faculty becoming more effective teachers
    • Improvement in faculty member's SOI scores
    • Development of peer review technques and models
    • Improvement in super-sections pedagogy
  • Learning new teaching skills
  • Working with the Graduate School on the continued development of graduate assistantships
  • Preparing faculty for the different types of classes they might teach (online, super sections, face-to-face, hybrid, weekend style) and different types of students (returning adult learners, students with disabilities, military students and veterans, digital natives, etc.) that they might encounter in classes
  • Sharing best practices of developing and refreshing courses
  • Sharing best practices of using graduate assistants in the undergraduate learning process
  • Assessing the best way to reward good teachers.

Technology and Education Fellow

This fellowship fosters a multi-disciplinary learning community that explores possibilities and good practices in technology-rich learning environments, produces scholarship in this area, and advances faculty leadership around these issues.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with eLearning, Information Technology, and other entities with technology expertise to aid faculty with best use of new technological teaching strategies
  • Showcasing best practices in technological pedagogy through workshops, webinars, or other appropriate means
  • Effective use of technology in teaching which would assist in:
    • Creation of online classes
    • Teaching across disciplines
    • Delivery of super-sections.


Much of the content of these descriptions arose from comments about faculty needs, which were stated in the Faculty Excellence Initiative’s surveys done in Spring 2012, from its focus groups conducted in Fall 2012, and from data gathered from similar Centers across the country, as well as language from educational policymakers, such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.