College Fellows Program FAQ

College Fellows FAQ

Applied Research Fellows FAQ

Learning Research Fellows FAQ

Community Fellows FAQ


College Fellows FAQ

Q: What are the differences between the types of College Fellows?

A: There are 3 research tracks for Fellows:
    • Applied Research Fellows will produce an object or workflow to address a given need.
    • Learning Fellows will conduct "traditional" academic research that may be published in a peer-reviewed journal or other trade publication.
    • Community Fellows will design proposals that intend to deliver a needed service and strategies for delivering this service.

    *All projects should be tied to college and/or career readiness.

    Q: I have an idea for a project, but am not sure what type of fellow it would fit under. What should I do?

    A: Projects could often qualify as more than one type of fellow. If you are not sure which track your project should be under, the committee can help you determine that during the interview process. Feel free to contact any committee member to discuss your idea.

    Q: How will the fellowships work?

    A: This application will ask what the applicant intends to research, the length and cost of the project and the benefits expected, among other questions. The applicant will be required to demonstrate familiarity with the intended area of research and his/her/their readiness to proceed, how the project/product will be delivered and the learning outcomes needed to measure instructional or institutional effectiveness.

    College Fellows will design proposals that require the acquisition of new knowledge and strategies for delivering this knowledge. The Fellow is responsible for taking the work produced at the end of the fellowship and disseminating it throughout the college community via workshops, division meetings, campus kick-offs and professional development activities, etc. Fellows are encouraged to go beyond the campus community and reach a wider audience. For example, a Fellow could publish findings in an academic or trade journal, present at a professional tradeshow or professional conference, market and sell the project through the college, or create a program that is covered by local or national media.

    The College is especially interested in projects that provide a tangible way to measure the degree of impact on college-readiness or career-readiness.

    Q: I am working on my dissertation right now. Am I eligible to be an Applied Research Fellow?

    A: Yes and no. Individuals writing master's theses or doctoral dissertations are working to satisfy the requirements of a Ph.D. committee or Master's requirement. In contrast, College Fellows are faculty who are pursuing a research idea with immediate application to the classroom, our college, or community. The College gives leave to faculty in doctoral programs through the Education Leave policies and procedures. But within a dissertation could be an idea for a specific, finite project that might be pursued as a fellows project.

    Q: I would like to partner with a colleague. Can a team submit a proposal?

    A: Yes, the College Fellows Program welcomes team efforts, especially interdisciplinary teams.

    Q: How do I get research ideas?

    A: Consult your trade and professional journals to learn of current issues and ideas in your field. Review this year's conferences in your field to see what's being presented. Online trade and professional journals can be located through the library website. Talk with colleagues within and beyond or institution. Dust off an idea from undergraduate or graduate school days. It's important, though, that you have begun to think about a research idea. As we all know, beginning a research project with one idea often changes to another idea as we move deeper into the research.

    Q: How much reassigned time will be awarded to me as a College Fellow?

    A: Release time depends upon your project. Generally, you can expect anywhere from half to full release. You are required to give an estimate of the time required for your project in the application. The Vice President for Learning makes the final award of released time. Where a group project is involved, reassigned time likely will be spread among the group.

    Q: Who will be responsible for finding my replacement?

    A: Your Division Director/Supervisor is responsible for finding your replacement. Of course, you may know the best possible people for the job and will likely make recommendations.

    Q: What about my salary and any extra funds I will need to complete my project?

    A: You will retain your salary and benefits and accrue leave.

    Q: Is there a suggested template for a project budget?

    A: Yes. A budget template is included in your application. It may not be all-inclusive, but it will be a guide in determining the actual costs of your proposal. There may be other line items that will require consultation with other CPCC divisions, faculty or staff. The list is based on qualitative- and quantitative-based research. Experiences from previous Fellows show that it is wise to be as detailed as possible to increase the accuracy of the final dollar amount.

    Applied Research Fellows FAQ

    Q: What is applied research?

    A: Applied research is, "Research designed for the purpose of producing results that may be applied to real world situations." It might also be defined as "Gaining knowledge or understanding to determine the means by which a specific, recognized need may be met. In industry, applied research includes investigations oriented to discovering new scientific knowledge that has specific commercial objectives with respect to products, processes, or services."

    While Applied Research Fellows may well be involved in research activities, it is primarily a project, with immediate application to the classroom, or College, that is expected.

    Q: Do you have any examples of what an applied research project might look like?

    A: Yes. Below are examples of projects appropriate for Applied Research Fellows.
    • A computer software program that compiles student computer seat time
    • An interactive instruction manual that might be adopted statewide or nationwide
    • A technology-based application appropriate for classroom or administrative use
    • A 24/7 chat service that assists PT faculty with technology
    • An online tutorial on MLA, APA, plagiarism, etc.
    • Model for pod-casting technologies that can be used in distance courses
    • The use of simulation as a teaching tool to hasten the learning process and enhance retention

    Q: I want to return to my industry to keep up with the latest developments in my field in order to be a more effective instructor. Will these skill-enhancement activities qualify for an Applied Research Fellows award?

    A: No. Faculty and staff who desire to return to industry or need to sharpen their skills or upgrade certifications are given these training opportunities through other funding sources at the college. However, an Applied Fellows project could certainly involve contact with industry as a way to ensure that a particular project is current with industry trends. However, a project that partners with an industry that benefits the College by helping students be college-ready or career-ready does fit the mission of College Fellows.

    Q: I already own a patent for work I am doing. Can I use this idea to be a fellow?

    A: No. The College Fellows program is for original research only.

    Learning Research Fellows FAQ

    Q: A Learning Fellow conducts “traditional” research. Can you define research in this context?

    A: Research involves collecting and analyzing information that is used to create new and original knowledge. The College Fellows Program focuses on faculty research.

    Definition: "Research is any systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. The term issued inclusively to refer to scholarly, empirical, creative, critical, and/or expressive activities in the sciences, humanities, arts, and other scholarly fields, which expand, clarify, reorganize, or develop knowledge or artistic perception."

    Q: Do you have any examples of what a research project might look like?

    A: Yes. Below are examples from peer-reviewed articles that appear in recent issues of professional and trade journals. Completed College Fellows projects should produce knowledge capable of publication in such journals.

    • The role of gender in perceived speaker competence
    • Cognitive behavioral techniques to help clients create new habits that place them in control of their lives/addictions
    • Innovative model for scheduling resource planning and cost optimization for construction or maintenance programs
    • Catalog through audio, video and writing the biodiversity of plant materials in the three plant zones in North Carolina from a horticulturalist's perspective.

    Q: I am writing a book. Am I eligible to be a fellow?

    A: If you are conducting original research through the course of writing the book, then the research portion would be eligible for a fellowship. Speak with a committee member for more information.

    Community Fellows FAQ

    Q: What is a Community Fellow?

    A: Community Fellows will design proposals that intend to deliver a needed service and strategies for delivering this service.

    Q: Can you suggest community-based organizations with whom Community Fellows might work?

    A: Yes. Below are community-based organizations appropriate for Community Fellows projects:

    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
    • Mecklenburg-area health care agencies
    • The small business community
    • Local organizations serving the homeless
    • Language acquisition organizations
    • City and county government