Programs for Faculty
Program description: The purpose of the Faculty Affiliate Program is to create a listing and foster a community of UNC-Chapel Hill inter-disciplinary scholars whose research includes the study of African Americans and the broader African diaspora. Faculty Affiliates are UNC-CH faculty and postdoctoral fellows whose research agendas over the past five years include an estimated 30% focus on African Americans and/or the broader African Diaspora. Certain benefits are available to Faculty Affiliates such as assistance with grant development, scholarly networking opportunities and access to specific IAAR resources and events.
Program description: The Institute of African American Research launched its Faculty Fellowship Program in 2014 The purpose of the program is to support current, rigorous research by UNC-CH faculty engaged in studies of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Priority is given to applicants who are developing or completing a research project but applications from all researchers in the target field are welcome. IAAR Faculty Fellowships are for one academic year. They provide funding that can be used to support research activities or to supplement faculty salary. The IAAR expects to make two awards for academic year 2014-2015.
Program description: The Visiting Scholar Program provides an unpaid short-term residency opportunity for academic researchers who are based at other institutions and wish to make use of the IAAR and UNC’s resources toward the support of their research projects. Visiting Scholars must be working on projects that support the IAAR mission to cultivate engagement with critical questions and innovative and timely studies about people of African descent. Scholars may be in residence at the IAAR for anywhere from one week to one academic year. The length of a scholar’s visit is determined by the IAAR director on a case-by-case basis, and is contingent upon the scholar’s needs and IAAR available resources.
Programs for Students
Program description: Due to the efforts of several UNC faculty in the early 1990s, the Institute of African American Research was established in 1995 as a research unit to “foster scholarly inquiry about the experiences of black people” in North Carolina particularly but anywhere else in the US and the world. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson became IAAR’s first permanent director, followed by Dr. Gerald Horne, Dr. William A. Darity, Jr. and Dr. Fatimah Jackson. In 2002, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (previously the Minority Undergraduate Research Assistant Program) became housed in the IAAR. During its existence in the IAAR, MURAP’s past directors were Drs. Karolyn Tyson and Karla Slocum.
Since its inception, the IAAR has been an interdisciplinary unit that has generated, supported and profiled research on Black Americans and people of African descent. More than 200 UNC faculty from a variety of disciplines and schools have participated in IAAR events and activities, and the IAAR has collaborated or co-sponsored events with more than 10 centers and departments at UNC and other local institutions. The Institute has also provided faculty with seed grants and served as an outlet for faculty to present their research or network with other faculty researching African Americans and Blacks throughout the African diaspora. In an effort to facilitate the development of scholarly and research communities and disseminate critical research on people of African descent, the IAAR has sponsored research working groups, organized a consortium of scholars in the North Carolina “Triangle” area and held conferences and symposia on such themes as youth and race, race and genetics, African American history of struggle in the south, black experiences across the African diaspora, and race, history and literary approaches to the U.S. south. The IAAR and its affiliate programs have received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NC Humanities Council, Z. Smith Reynolds, and the African American Success Foundation.