Faculty Scholars

Sahar Amer, CWC Spring 2011 Faculty Scholar

CWC Spring 2011 Faculty Scholar Sahar Amer speaks to a packed house at her public lecture in March 2011.

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) offers UNC-Chapel Hill faculty an opportunity to serve as Faculty Scholar at the CWC for one semester during the academic year. The CWC Faculty Scholar works on a research project for publication, presentation, exhibition, composition or performance that is related to the mission and and/or activities of the Carolina Women’s Center. Projects that have the potential to engage other campus units and/or students are especially favorably considered.

Scholars are expected to make a public presentation about their project during the award semester and write a column about their work for the CWC newsletter. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in CWC events and meet with CWC staff, former CWC Faculty Scholars and invited scholars from other centers/departments.

Applications are welcome from full-time faculty (fixed-term, tenured, or tenure-track) in any department, center or school of the University with three or more years of service. Applicants must have endorsement from their chair, director or dean. Prior leaves of absence for research and the receipt of other scholarship support will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Funding of up to $10,000 will be provided to support the selected research project.

To apply to be a 2014-2015 CWC Faculty Scholar, access the application HERE.


A call for applications is issued each fall to select Faculty Scholars for the following academic year. Scholars are selected by a committee comprised of three faculty members from various disciplines and are generally announced at the end of the fall semester. Funds are provided to the faculty member’s home department at the beginning of the award semester.

Development of the Faculty Scholars Program

Former CWC Director Diane Kjervik initiated this program in January 2006 as a way to promote scholarship on issues important to women and to enhance the scholarly aspects of the work of the CWC. The program is supported through the generosity of the Office of the Provost. In its early years, the CWC was able to offer course replacement funds for one course. Beginning in the 2010-11 award year, the award was altered to provide up to $15,000 in research funding.  In 2013, the award became available for three faculty members with up to $10,000 in funding each.


Previous Faculty Scholars

Spring 2006: Professor Diane Kjervik, Senior CWC Faculty Scholar (School of Nursing)
Spring 2007: Dr. Kimberly Brownley (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Maxine Eichner (School of Law)
Fall 2007: Professor Francesca Talenti (Department of Communication Studies)
Spring 2008: Dr. Ming Lin (Department of Computer Science)
Fall 2008: Dr. Kia Caldwell (Department of African and Afro-American Studies)
Spring 2009: Dr. Jeanne Moskal (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2009: Dr. Pika Ghosh (Department of Art)
Spring 2010: Dr. Rebecca Macy (School of Social Work)
Fall 2010: Dr. Mimi Chapman (School of Social Work)
Spring 2011: Dr. Sahar Amer (Department of Asian Studies)
Fall 2011: Dr. Miriam Labbok (School of Public Health)
Spring 2012: Dr. Minrose Gwin (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2012: 
Dr. Emily Burrill (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies)
Spring 2013: 
Dr. Nadia Yaqub (Department of Asian Studies)
Fall 2013, Spring 2014: 
Dr. Karen Booth (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Jan Bardsley (Department of Asian Studies), Dr. Lauren Leve (Department of Religious Studies)