RIO Faculty Fellows identifies and develops 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 cohort-based program framework includes both retreats and periodic shorter meetings, as well as the development of a scholarly network that extends beyond the formal training itself.
“I’ve seen firsthand how his program is making a positive impact on careers for our faculty,” said Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation and Dean of the Institutes Massimo Ruzzene. “I’ve been able to join two cohorts and participate in alumni retreats and I’m impressed with the program’s impact on the individuals as well as the collective impact on our campus community.”
According one member of the current 2023 cohort, “the RIO Faculty Fellows program is a unique program that provides space and time to expand one's professional network across campus, to reflect on goals and consider strategies for accomplishing them, to engage in reflective practice to check in with self/self-assessment, and to build/deepen/be reminded of tangible, useful skills/concepts to support strong leadership practices.”
The program aims to identify a network of CU Boulder research leaders who are experts in their respective fields and equip them with the skills and capacity to lead collaborations across campus while also strengthening the university’s reputation nationally and globally through new collaborations beyond the 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.
“This program enables faculty to expand their capacity for effective leadership in a way that directly benefits their research groups, departments and institutes, and the university as a whole,” said another member of the current cohort. “It also facilitates connections among faculty from diverse backgrounds who are likely to ascend to campus leadership positions.”
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.