Call for Applications: Junior Faculty Development Awards

The awards, up to the amount of $7,500, are to be expended during calendar year 2012. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

TO: Non-tenured Members of the Faculty

FROM: Bruce W. Carney, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost,

Chair, Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves

SUBJECT: Awards for Junior Faculty Development

DATE: Sept. 5, 2011

The University will accept applications this fall for Junior Faculty Development awards paid from endowment income from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation. The awards, up to the amount of $7,500, are to be expended during the period beginning January 1, 2012, and ending December 31, 2012.

I. The following terms apply to these awards:

A.  Applicants must be full-time, salaried faculty members without tenure and must not have been proposed for tenure prior to the application deadline date, Friday, September 30, 2011.  Early career tenure-track and fixed-term faculty members (lecturers, research assistant professors, clinical assistant professors) may apply.

B.  Preference will be given first to persons holding the rank of Assistant Professor and then to persons holding the rank of Associate Professor.  Individuals approaching a tenure decision will be seen as receiving unique benefits from a Junior Faculty Development Award.

C.  Applicants in their second, third, or fourth year of service at the time of their application will be given preference over applicants with fewer than two, or more than four, years' service.

D.  No person who has previously received an award will be eligible for a second award.

E.  Money from the award may not be used to provide release time from regular employment.  For persons on nine-month contracts, the money may be used to provide summer salary and fringe benefits; in this case the award will count as part of the one-third of base salary limit allowable for summer salary.  Summer salary will be subject to the usual deductions.  Since the fringe benefit costs will be charged to the same account as the salary, the entire amount of the award cannot be paid as salary.

F.  Funds from the awards may also be used for supplies, equipment, salaries of assistants (plus associated benefits), travel, or to assist with any other dimension of faculty development.

G.  Under no circumstances will a faculty member on nine months' service who uses the Junior Faculty Development Award for summer salary be allowed to teach Summer School or serve as an administrator in the Summer School during the summer in the year of the award.

II. Applications should consist of the following items, in this order:

A.  a signed letter to the Chair of the Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves;

B.  a curriculum vitae;

C.  a narrative description of the project to be undertaken.  In no case should more than two pages be submitted;

D.  a proposed budget which cannot exceed $7,500.  The budget should show the kinds of expenditures proposed, e.g., salary, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, etc.;

E.  an indication of other funds (e.g., NEH Summer Fellowships, University Research Council awards, etc.) which will be used or which are available for the support of the project;

F.  a signed letter of endorsement from the applicant's department or curriculum chair or, in the case of non-departmentalized schools, the dean of the school.

For Fall 2011, applications and related documents will be submitted online using the Sakai system.  Please submit a brief email to requesting access to the Sakai site, and be sure to include your onyen and/or UNC email address.  Once you have access to the site, you should upload the above documents as soon as possible. The complete application packet must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.  Applications presented after that time will not be considered by the Committee.

III. The Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves will consist of the following individuals for the 2011-12 Academic Year:  the deans of the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences, two faculty members (one from Academic Affairs, one from Health Affairs), the Executive Associate Provost, the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, and the Provost as Chair.


Please contact Gordon Joyner in the Provost's Office at or 962-7061 if you have any questions about or problems with the application process.