Published: Sept. 14, 2021

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has opened RIO Faculty Fellows 2022 cohort applications. Applications will be accepted through October 15, and selections will be announced by early November.

Key Dates
  • Application deadline: October 15, 2021
  • Who's eligible? Tenure-track assistant or associate professors.

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“Faculty who have completed this program have common experiences and skillsets that help them succeed in new ways as individuals, while also contributing to a positive culture of research leadership for the future of the campus,” said Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez.

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 three mini-retreats, as well as the development of a scholarly network that lasts beyond the formal training itself.

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.

“The previous three cohorts of RIO Faculty Fellows have truly benefited,” said Kirsten Rowell, Program Director. “We’ve seen that being part of this cross-campus network and learning new tools to improve leadership capacity have paid 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