Memo Banner "Message from Provost Storrs"

October 4, 2021

To: UNCG Faculty

From: Provost Debbie Storrs

RE: Call for Provost Fellow for Special Projects

As you are aware, 2019-2022 Provost Fellow Steve Haines has led special projects for the Provost’s office including the curating and facilitating programming on the theme, “She Can, We Can.” As Professor  Haines’s term nears completion, the Provost’s office seeks a new Provost Fellow for Special Projects. This Fellow will focus efforts on organizing and curating a collaborative 2023-24 university-wide theme centered around health & wellness, attend to issues pertinent to the health and wellbeing of our faculty, and contribute to smaller special projects. The Fellow will report to the Provost, and work closely with the Provost’s office and faculty across campus.

Below is more information about the provost fellowship in general, and the specific goals of the Provost Fellow for Special Projects.

A Provost Fellow is a faculty member of any rank or status interested in administrative leadership, who will partner with the Provost and other administrative leaders to develop and implement actions tied to the university theme. The fellowship will provide the Provost Fellow with opportunities to lead, and their work will integrate faculty perspectives with an overall institutional perspective purposed to strengthen the faculty, staff, and student experience and UNCG as an institution.

Terms of appointment:

  • Fellows will continue to engage in departmental activities, but will be provided up to 50% release time from research, teaching, and/or service responsibilities, as agreed upon by the Fellow, Dean, and Provost.
  • Fellows will receive professional development funds to attend a professional development conference/activity approved by the Provost.
  • Fellows whose work continues through the summer will receive one month of summer salary.
  • The fellowships are flexible in terms of timing and length of service and will be negotiated with the Fellow, Dean, and Provost to begin Spring, Summer, or Fall 2022, through May 2024.
  • Fellows will not be permitted to teach course overloads during the fellowship period.
  • If the Fellow is released from teaching, funds will be provided to the Fellow’s home department for course replacement at the unit’s standard per-course rate.

Provost Fellow for Special Projects

The Provost Fellow will serve as curator of the collaborative 2023-24 university-wide theme, which is centered around health & wellness. Working in consultation with the Provost, the Fellow will be responsible for:

  • establishing a diverse and inclusive process to identify the university themed title, logo, ideas and buy-in, and vet faculty and staff proposals and events
  • creating an exciting, diverse and inclusive yearlong theme by initiating interest, inclusion, and cross disciplinary lectures, conferences, performances and events from a diverse group of disciplines on campus
  • Managing the budget to promote the initiative to internal and external stakeholders and media.
  • Supervising a part-time employee or work study student who can assist with website updates, draft communications, etc.
  • Communicating with external partners for community events as appropriate.
  • Collaborating with Strategic Communications to promote events.
  • Leading minor special projects of mutual interest to the fellow and provost and in alignment with university priorities.

Application Process: Prospective fellows should discuss their intent to submit their application with their department/program/school head, chair, or director as well as with their dean; submissions should include a letter of interest (no more than two pages) and a current CV. Please submit these materials to Jenny Johnson at by Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Review Process: The Provost, in partnership with senior administrative leadership, will evaluate all applications and decisions will be finalized by the end of November 2021.