Provost announces new fellowship opportunity starting in 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Provost Faculty Fellowship, which is designed to provide eligible Augusta University faculty members with leadership and administrative experiences to prepare a pipeline of future academic administrators and leaders at AU.

Dr. Neil J. MacKinnon
Dr. Neil MacKinnon

Two fellows will be accepted per year. They will be tasked with working on university-wide projects, initiatives and strategies related to the academic enterprise with Dr. Neil MacKinnon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and the Provost Operations Management Team (POMT).

The one-year, 50-100% fellowship will be primarily project-based, with the POMT proposing several potential projects and the fellow and provost choosing two to three for the fellow to lead. The fellow will also have the opportunity to attend POMT meetings, the POMT Huddle and other administrative meetings.

“I’m thrilled to be launching this new initiative, which will hopefully demystify careers in university administration, with the aim to help to grow our next generation of university leaders right here at AU,” MacKinnon said.

Any full-time AU faculty member, in either a tenure-track or non-tenure track position at the rank of associate professor or professor, is eligible to apply. The fellowship will be for a period of one year, beginning June 1, 2022, and continuing through May 31, 2023.

The Office of the Provost will provide 50% of the faculty member’s salary and benefits for the one-year period of the fellowship. For faculty on an academic year contract (who are paid August to May), the Office of the Provost will provide a stipend for 50% effort in June and July when the faculty member typically is not at AU.

If an academic year faculty member also receives a summer contract for teaching or another assignment, the cumulative pay from the fellow and summer appointments shall not exceed 33.3% of the faculty member’s regular nine-months compensation for the previous academic year, in accordance with the policy of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Financial support in the form of registration and allowable travel expenses will be provided for the fellow to attend the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy in June 2022, which the fellows will be expected to attend during this training program.

Office space and administrative support will also be provided at Boykin Wright Hall. The fellow will give a presentation at the conclusion of the fellowship and will be included on the selection committee for the next year’s fellows.

Eligible faculty who are interested should apply by Nov. 1. To apply, applicants should send to Sherry Walker a curriculum vitae, a letter of support from their dean or senior academic leader of their unit and a cover letter that describes how the fellowship would help them obtain a leadership role in academia.

For more information, email the Office of the Provost.

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