Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

The Carolina Center for Public Service announces the call for applications for Class V of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program (FES). This program is designed to help advance the engaged scholarship of Carolina faculty. Applications are due by March 3.

The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning community along with the faculty and community course directors to support one another’s projects and community partners. The growing network of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars reports outcomes including new interdisciplinary collaborations, successful grant applications and both traditional and non-traditional products of their scholarship.

Up to 10 faculty members are selected every other year to participate in a two–year program aimed at learning about and pursuing community engagement through scholarly endeavor. To date, 34 faculty members from nine schools and 20 departments have participated in the program.

The program is highly interactive and experiential, involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community and faculty partners. Sessions address such topics as funding and dissemination of engaged scholarship, navigating disciplinary expectations while addressing community needs, and partnering with communities (as very broadly defined) in North Carolina and beyond.

Selected faculty will receive the following benefits:

  •  Stipend of $5,000 per year, for each of the two years ($10,000 in total)
  •  Interactions with like-minded colleagues from a variety of disciplines
  •  Support from experienced faculty and community partners
  •  Information on engaged scholarship via a series of workshops, panels and case studies by leading UNC faculty, community and national experts and funding program officers.

Priority for participation will be given to tenure-track faculty with any length of service at UNC-Chapel Hill, and fixed-term faculty who have been at UNC-Chapel Hill for at least five years. It is a competitive application process and each application will require the written support of a dean or department chair stating support for the applicant.

More information about the program can be found at Applications for Class V (2014 -2016) should be submitted online at by March 3, 2014.