SAVE THE DATE! 7th CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching

The CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching, the University’s one-day campus conference on teaching and learning, will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018. Learn more about promising instructional techniques and technologies with faculty colleagues across disciplines. For information on early registration and how to submit a presentation idea, visit

CFE Welcomes
Dr. Darin Knapp

The Center for Faculty Excellence welcomes Dr. Darin J. Knapp as its new Associate Director for Faculty Development in Research. Dr. Knapp brings 31 years of interdisciplinary basic research experience to the Center with extensive experience in mentoring, grantwriting, research, and publication. He received his PhD in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience following his graduate work in Behavioral and Neuropharmacology at Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies. Upon completing his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Brain and Development Research Center (the forerunner of today’s UNCCH Neuroscience Center), Dr. Knapp joined the faculty of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies and continued his research into the behavioral and neural mechanisms involved in preference for alcohol and the sensitization of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. He has authored more than 90 publications. Dr. Knapp is also an Instructor in the Department of Psychology and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychiatry at UNC, bringing experience from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine to this important role. His vision on engagement of faculty in arts and humanities as well as the sciences is impressive. Dr. Knapp is passionate about helping faculty members develop holistically, and is excited to bring his experiences to bear in working with the CFE team to integrate faculty development across Research, Leadership, Mentorship, and Teaching and Learning.

Apply for the June 2018
Course Design Institute (CDI)

We are currently accepting applications for the next Course Design Institute (June 4/6/8, 2018; 12:30-4:30pm) until Friday, May 11, 2018. Each three-day CDI offers structured opportunities for developing your course while receiving feedback from your peers throughout the process. You can expect to leave the CDI with a week-by-week outline for class sessions, activities, and assignments as well as the beginnings of associated course materials. To apply, visit

Graduate Student Fellow Awarded

Sarah Gaby, one of the six Graduate Student Fellows (GSFs) working with the CFE this past academic year, received a teaching award from Provost Bob Blouin at a recent ceremony honoring this year’s winners. Gaby was recognized with a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants for her work with students in courses offered by the Sociology Department.  

Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants Awarded

The CFE is pleased to announce the awards for the 2018-19 CFE/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants Program. This is the first of four annual grant competitions being sponsored by the CFE, thanks to a generous gift from long-time University partner Lenovo. Twenty-six proposals from a variety of academic units were submitted in response to the initial call. For more information, visit

2018-19 CFE/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant Awards
Daniel Anderson and Grant Glass – English and Comparative Literature
The Digital Muse Meets the Scholarly Essay
Glynis Cowell – Romance Studies
Romance Studies/Chatham County Dual Language Program
Lisa Dawley and Derek Creason – School of Education
Engaging Students and Faculty with Augmented and Virtual Reality for Learning
Ben Frey and Michelle Robinson – American Studies
Leveraging Digital Technologies for Cherokee Language Learning
Barrie Hayes and Fran Allegri – Health Sciences Library
Clear as Glass: Using Innovative Lightboard Technology for Online Instruction
Kurt Gilliland, Ed Kernick, and Richard Hobbs – School of Medicine
Integrating 3D Virtual Anatomy at UNC School of Medicine
Lauren Leve – Religious Studies
Developing 3D Models and Virtual Reality Experiences for Teaching Himalayan Buddhism
Nandita Mani and Brian Moynihan – Health Sciences Library
AR/VR Expansion for the Digital Health Program
Rick Morse and Stephanie Panke – School of Government
Local Government in North Carolina: Open Educational Resources (OER) E-Book and Podcast
Rishma Shah – School of Dentistry
Using Digital Technologies to Identify Need for Dental Treatment
Eric Zwemer – School of Medicine
Making "Pick5" Come Alive: An Innovative and Interactive Approach to Pediatric Resident Educational Conferences

The CFE is Growing!

Applications/Nominations Requested for
Associate Director for Faculty Development
in Teaching and Learning
Under its new organizational structure of Associate Directorships for Faculty Development in Leadership, Research, and Teaching and Learning, the CFE is proud to announce the appointment of June Merlino, MEd as its new Associate Director for Faculty Development in Leadership.
The CFE has also commenced a national search for its new Associate Director for Faculty Development in Teaching and Learning. The Associate Director for Teaching and Learning will be responsible for developing and delivering programs and resources to foster excellence in teaching and learning and for overseeing the work of the Center's teaching and learning staff. The position will also serve as a member of the Director’s leadership team, contributing to Center-wide oversight of organizational initiatives, programming, and day-to-day operations.
The competitive candidate will have expertise in the area of teaching and learning, including experience teaching a credit-bearing course in a higher education setting. Experience as a faculty member at a four-year, higher education institution is preferred. The candidate should possess many of the following attributes: demonstrated commitment to teaching, faculty development, and management practices that promote diversity and inclusion; competence in research in teaching and learning in higher education with commitment to evidence-based practice; knowledge of instructional innovation and e-learning in higher education; experience with and strong interest in the use of technology to enhance learning in higher education; familiarity with requirements for faculty success in teaching, research, and leadership; outstanding communication and relationship skills; expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation including outcomes assessment; experience with the grant application process and grant administration; and strong managerial, project management, and administrative abilities.
This is a full-time, EHRA Non-Faculty position. The Associate Director for Teaching and Learning may hold an adjunct faculty appointment. The position of Associate Director for Teaching and Learning requires significant experience in higher education and faculty development. PhD or other terminal degree in Education or a related discipline is preferred.
For more information, please contact Erin Malloy, MD, CFE Director, at To apply, go here.
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