Institute for the Arts and Humanities
UNC - Chapel Hill

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Patricia Parker Professor

Executive Director

Tommie Watson


The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) empowers faculty to achieve their full potential by creating community and cultivating leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The IAH supports its mission through its Faculty Fellowship Program; by sponsoring conferences, lectures, and public conversations. The Institute trains and supports current emerging university leaders through the Academic Leadership Program. The Institute promotes community through its Faculty Programs that build mentoring networks for faculty at all stages of their academic careers.

The Institute’s flagship Faculty Fellowship Program provides on-campus semester leaves for faculty to work on research for publication, exhibition, composition and performance. These highly competitive fellowships enable faculty to develop new courses, programs and initiatives. The program consists of a semester-long weekly seminar in which each class of up to 10 fellows meets to discuss their research, teaching and projects with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues.