Published: Sept. 10, 2019

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has opened RIO Faculty Fellows 2020 cohort applications, which will be accepted through October 15. Selections will be announced in early 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.

“This program is really taking shape and building a community of research leaders across campus,” said Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation Terri Fiez. “The common experiences and skillsets that faculty are developing will help them succeed in new ways as individuals while also contributing to a positive culture of research leadership for the future of the campus.”

The program aims to identify a network of campus research leaders who are already experts in their respective fields, and equip them with the skills and capacity to break down discipline-based silos on campus while strengthening the university’s reputation nationally and globally through 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. “Being part of this cross-campus network and learning new tools to improve leadership capacity have already begun to pay off for these faculty.”

According to one member of the current cohort, program highlights include “the chance to get support from a diverse group of faculty whom I would have never met otherwise; to hear of their struggles and my own, and to understand that we all have a lot more in common than I ever thought.”

Complementing other prominent faculty leadership programs on campus, the RIO Faculty Fellows program is an investment in CU Boulder faculty and in the university as a global leader in research, innovation and impact.

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