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Faculty Excellence (FE) Fellows and Scholars

The Faculty Excellence (FE) Fellows and Scholars Program is a collaboration between faculty holding specific interests and expertise and the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE), with the goal of providing professional development opportunities for faculty across all colleges. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, designing and presenting forums or workshops on current topics; supporting faculty development initiatives; organizing faculty development materials related to teaching and learning, research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA), and/or service; and serving as facilitators during faculty development summer institutes. FE Fellow Program applications open each year during Spring semester. For the 2021-2022 academic year, applications opened on Monday, April 26, 2021 and closed on Monday, May 17, 2021

Who is eligible to become a Faculty Excellence Fellow or Scholar? 

FE Fellows are full-time UNF faculty members, including instructors, librarians, and tenured or tenure-earning faculty, who:

  • have demonstrated leadership capacity, particularly in the areas of teaching and learning, but also in research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA) and/or service
  • are willing to commit some of their professional efforts toward supporting the continuous improvement efforts of other faculty members
  • demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and consistently with others on initiatives of mutual interest
  • have the ability to communicate effectively with faculty across multiple disciplines

FE Scholars are invited by the OFE to provide specific expertise, such as programming for New Faculty, or to fill special long-term program needs which may change from year to year. 

What are the benefits to becoming a Faculty Excellence Fellow or Scholar? 

  • Opportunities to engage in collaborative work around teaching and learning, RSCA, or service with other members of the UNF community
  • Opportunities to present or publish interdisciplinary work
  • Opportunities to advance your promotion and tenure goals by developing direct and tangible evidence of leadership, teaching, RSCA, and/or service expertise
  • Stipend/professional development funds, typically totaling $4,500
  • Support from OFE in organizing workshops, forums, meetings, and materials (e.g., readings, websites, contacts)

What is required of a Faculty Excellence Fellow? 

  • Attend scheduled meetings with other FE Fellows, Associate Vice President (AVP) for Faculty Excellence and Academic Engagement, and OFE Director to coordinate faculty development efforts
  • Develop, organize, and facilitate 2-3 faculty development workshops per semester of the appointment
  • Attend at least 2 additional OFE or affiliated events (i.e., those organized by Undergraduate Research or Community-Based Learning) per semester of the appointment
  • Produce a 1-2 page reflection or report to OFE regarding the FE Fellow activities
  • FE Fellows who are interested may request re-appointment for the next academic year, pending approval

How do you become a Faculty Excellence Fellow?


Full-time UNF faculty (including instructors, librarians, and tenured or tenure-earning faculty) interested in becoming an FE Fellow should apply no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, by submitting an application packet comprising the following four components: 

  1. One- to two-page letter describing your interest in the Fellowship, how your background and experiences align and support the focus of the Fellowship, and your goals for the Fellowship period and beyond
  2. Separate statement describing the 2-3 specific workshops/forums/panels per semester you propose to develop/engage and lead/facilitate. For each proposed event, you should include a title and a brief but inviting description, and you should identify any proposed co-facilitators or collaborators. Innovative ideas, initiatives, or event structures/modes that will strengthen faculty development beyond what is listed in this call are encouraged
  3. Current vita
  4. Endorsement letter from their department chair/school director/supervisor

Application packets should be emailed to Dr. Karen Cousins, Director of Faculty Excellence and Undergraduate Research (, no later than Monday, May 17, 2021

What is the FE Fellows section process, and when will applicants be notified of the decision?


Applications will be accepted between Monday, April 26 and Monday, May 17, 2021. Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, May 17 and FE Fellows will be notified by Monday, May 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the AVP for Faculty Excellence and Academic Engagement and OFE Director. Applications will be reviewed according a rubric which includes the following criteria: 

  • The extent of prior experience the applicant has with faculty development in general and with the specific topics/foci selected
  • The relevance of the selected topics/foci to a substantial portion of the faculty
  • Potential impact on students (i.e., student success and retention)
  • Communication skills, particularly as evidenced in the application packet