International Trade & Exchange Research Community

Call for International Trade and Exchange Faculty Fellows-DEADLINE EXTENDED

UNCW’s new Research Community in International Trade and Exchange (RCITE)

The Chancellor’s Office, CAS, CSB, and the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) have joined to together to provide support to create and grow a Research Community in International Trade and Exchange (RCITE). Mark Spaulding (HST) and Pete Schuhmann (ECN) are serving as the principal organizers of the research community. Some of you may have already heard of or participated in these efforts which continue to gain momentum.

Our ultimate goal over the next few years is to build a permanent center for research and teaching on international trade and exchange here at UNCW. We have already identified several promising sources of external funding. 

Faculty Fellows

As part of our efforts, the RCITE is seeking Faculty Fellows to work on strategic projects for Spring and Summer 2021.  We are seeking applications from motivated, full-time faculty members who would like to use the period 15 February to 15 June 2021 to work on their own research in trade and exchange and to help build the research community. We are searching for Faculty Fellows who would be interested in beginning their work immediately, in Spring 2021. 

Areas of Activity

Faculty Fellows are invited to apply in one of two areas of activity.                         

Area #1 Research and Scholarship in Trade and Exchange

Applicants may submit proposals for any activity that produces research and scholarship in trade and exchange at UNCW. Examples might include completing a manuscript for publication, collaborating on a research project with UNCW colleagues, organizing a (virtual) workshop with outside participants, or establishing a regular reading or writing group.  The RCITE must begin building a resume of research achievements and scholarly activity.

  • Priority for manuscripts that can be completed by 31 December 2021.
  • Priority for literature review/historiography manuscripts in sub-fields of international trade and exchange.
  • Priority for projects that feature collaboration among UNCW faculty. Collaboration with students also encouraged.
  • Submit a written report of activity on 15 June 2021.

Area #2 Growing the RCITE

Applicants may submit proposals for advancing the practical work of getting the material and human resources (the critical mass of funding and network) to make a permanent center for research and teaching of international trade and exchange at UNCW. Important activities would include: identifying UNCW scholars working in this area and creating an inventory of UNCW research and scholarship in international trade and exchange; identifying funding to continue expanding the RCITE; and putting grant-writing expertise to use in securing external funding. All areas of potential funding should be pursued, including education grants for globalization, internationalization, and global citizenship. The RCITE must gain mass and demonstrate its viability as the core of a new institute.

  • Priority for identifying new external funding for the RCITE.
  • Priority for connecting the RCITE with community partners (e.g. Port of Wilmington, Chamber of Commerce).
  • Priority for taking on grant writing assignments in the RCITE.
  • Submit a written report of activity on 15 June 2021.

All Faculty Fellows               

All fellows are expected to participate in the RCITE’s public events (colliders, research presentations, roundtables, discussions, and so on), to encourage participation by other UNCW faculty working on trade and exchange, and to actively promote the activities of the research community. 

Rewards and Compensation

The rewards of the position include:

  • Growing a major new area of interdisciplinary research at UNCW.
  • Strengthening your own research in trade and exchange.
  • Learning how to build a research presence on campus.
  • A $1,000 faculty stipend payable in May 2021.


All full time faculty with strong research records are encouraged to apply.


To apply, please email a letter of interest indicating which area of activity you are applying for (Research and Scholarship or Growing the RCITE) and outlining your research project or your ideas/plans/skills for growing the RCITE along with a c.v. to Mark Spaulding ( by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021. Selection will be made by an ad-hoc committee, announcement of Faculty Fellows will occur shortly thereafter, and work will begin in February. 

If you have any questions about the expectations or qualifications for the fellows, please feel free to contact Mark Spaulding (