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UNCW and NC A&T Launch Program

The University of North Carolina Wilmington and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University have launched a new initiative that creates a pipeline for the universities to recruit diverse faculty.

The NextGen Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program is designed to provide qualifying NC A&T and UNCW graduates with opportunities to work and learn at the partner institution and then, following a competitive search, potentially transition to a tenure-track position at the institution where they completed the fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to support talented students, faculty and staff from historically excluded populations; the program will begin in fall 2022.

“We are excited to partner with NC A&T on this new program,” said Dr. James Winebrake, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNCW. “The NextGen program will offer an opportunity to leverage talent and expertise at each of our universities to enrich both campus communities. We feel this program represents a model for how campuses can work together to achieve great things.”

The fellowship will fund up to three doctoral fellowships at each institution for two years. In addition to conducting research, fellows will teach at least one course in their first year and will have the opportunity to teach at least two courses in their second year.

“We are delighted about the possibilities this partnership brings for doctoral graduates from both institutions,” said Dr. Clay Gloster Jr., vice provost for graduate research and dean of the Graduate College at NC A&T State University. “This program can strengthen the preparation of our graduates by creating opportunities for them to engage in collaborative research and teaching across both universities.”

The host institutions will work with fellows to create an individual development plan that hones their research, teaching or engagement expertise and skills. Fellows will also receive faculty mentorship within the appropriate academic department. Both institutions will coordinate a series of seminars on securing grants, getting published, enhancing teaching skills and networking.

“With this partnership, we can share talent and expertise,” said Dr. Donyell Roseboro, UNCW’s chief diversity officer. “Our conversations in the development phase have already initiated some incredible energy around research and grant possibilities. This collaboration expands our capacity for change and, without question, inspires hope that we will create incredible opportunities, together."