Ten faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were recently selected for the seventh class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES). These scholars will develop projects in partnership with community programs like the North Carolina Treatment program and the National Child traumatic Stress Network. These organizations are working to help implement various therapeutic practices and further advance research methodology.
Leaders in their respective fields, these 10 faculty members will participate in the two-year program sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. The program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in an experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. The ten faculty members selected are:
• Cheryl Bolick, associate professor, School of Education
• Jada Brooks, assistant professor, School of Nursing
• Shauna Cooper, associate professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
• Sarah Dempsey, assistant chair and associate professor, Department of Communication
• Amelia Gibson, assistant professor, School of Information and Library Science
• Byron Powell, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
• Danielle Spurlock, assistant professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
• Jessica Williams, assistant professor, School of Nursing
• Amy Wilson, assistant professor, School of Social Work
• Courtney Woods, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Every other year, eight to 10 faculty members are selected to participate in the program aimed at understanding and pursuing community engagement through scholarly endeavors. During the two-year program, scholars participate in sessions in community settings focused on exemplary University-community partnerships. While developing their own projects with community partners, scholars form a learning community with the course directors providing guidance and support. Dr. Ronald Strauss serves as faculty director and Melvin Jackson as community director.
In 2013, the Chancellor Holden Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Endowment was established at the Carolina Center for Public Service. The endowment was created with a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to name and support the Center’s Faculty Engaged Scholars program.
Since the program began in 2007, 63 faculty members have been selected from 12 schools and 21 departments to participate in the program. 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. Through these efforts, the program continues to build strong university-community relationships.