Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows, which invests in newly tenured faculty at a critical point in their scholarly careers to support research, scholarship and creative expression.
The fellows program is a critical part of the Academic Strategic Plan’s Trans-Institutional Programs initiative. To date, 52 faculty members from a broad cross-section of disciplines have been named fellows.
“By investing in these faculty early in their careers, we keep these rising stars on their current trajectory. Their commitment to innovation and collaboration is felt across the university. I know they will play a large role in contributing to the academic body of knowledge and furthering our One Vanderbilt mission,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. “These funds have helped previous fellows garner additional external funding and publish new bodies of work. Others have moved into leadership positions at the university and within their fields. These funds are designed to do just that, helping to take their careers to the next level.”
Chancellor Faculty Fellows meet regularly to exchange ideas, consider career and leadership development strategies, and foster trans-institutional collaboration. Fellows hold the title for two years and receive $40,000 each year to support discovery and learning activities. As part of this award, the fellows attend at least four events each academic year. The program includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following types of events:
- Dinner with the Board of Trust
- Lunches with university leaders
- Workshops on balancing faculty and administrator responsibilities
- Sessions on funding use
To be eligible for nomination, faculty members must have been promoted to associate professor (tenured) within the past five years, or the equivalent rank at Blair and the law school. The deans of Vanderbilt’s 10 colleges and schools will work with their respective department chairs and faculty to conduct the nomination process. Detailed information on the program and eligibility is available on the provost’s website.
Nominations must be submitted via InfoReady by Nov. 9.