Published: Sept. 10, 2018 By
Group photo of first faculty fellows cohort

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has opened RIO Faculty Fellows 2019 cohort applications. Applications will be accepted through October 15, and selections will be announced by November.

RIO Faculty Fellows seeks to identify and develop tenured and tenure-track assistant or associate professors who are poised to lead significant collaborative projects, develop vision and deliver novel and impactful scholarly work. The program offers a cohort-based program framework that includes both retreats and regular shorter meetings, as well as the development of a scholarly network that lasts beyond the formal training itself.

According to Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation Terri Fiez, the program’s greatest impact is “identifying a network of campus research leaders, already experts in their respective fields, and equipping them to break down discipline-based silos on campus while strengthening the university’s reputation nationally and globally through deeper and wider collaborations beyond campus.”  

RIO Faculty Fellows engages fellows as individuals and as a cohort on research and creative work leadership; collaboration and systems thinking; along with team building and academic management; scholarly communication and values; and personal and professional coaching.

“Current RIO Faculty Fellows have truly benefited,” said Kirsten Rowell, Program Director. "During our time with this first cohort, we’ve already seen that the program provides Fellows with the time and tools to work toward scholarly goals, reflect on new ways of managing and collaborating with groups, and a campus community to do it with.”

Complementing programs such as the Excellence in Leadership program and the Faculty Leadership Institute, the RIO Faculty Fellows program is an investment in CU Boulder faculty and in the university as a global leader in innovation and impact.

Please visit the Faculty Fellows website to learn more or submit an application, or contact Kirsten Rowell with additional questions at