Diversity & Inclusion Program Spotlight: Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

The following departmental programs and initiatives have been submitted to APSA by representatives from each individual department. If you would like to submit a program for recognition, please send your information through this form. Visit APSA’s Program Spotlight: Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment and Retention page for more programs.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity provides two-year mentored post-doctoral positions in all academic areas across the university, with no teaching duties. For Political Science candidates who are accepted, the post-doctoral fellow is assured an interview for a possible tenure-track position at the beginning of the second year of the post-doc. The goal of the program is to identify potential future Carolina faculty members and provide them with a bridge from graduate school to the tenure-track, allowing more time devoted fully to research before the teaching expectations grow. Many alums of the program are currently on the faculty at The UNC, as well as elsewhere. Note that the program is university-wide, and each department may only nominate, not select, candidates.

Learn more about The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity here.

Academic Population Served: New PhDs aspiring to be full time faculty
Specific Groups Served: Individuals froms Underrepresented gorups
Program Goals: Recruitment, Advancement
Number of staff or faculty involved with the program: 10
Which college or university unit is primarily responsible for this program? University-wide fellowship
Program time frame: Two full academic years of support
For how long has this program been in existence?  Since 1984
Program Impact: We currently have two faculty members on tenure-track positions in political science who come from the program. It is a fantastic program with a big impact university-wide.
Is your department an APSA MSRP Recruiting Department? Yes
Contact: Dr. Frank Baumgartner, (Frankb@unc.edu) Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill