Research solves real-world problems, increases knowledge, inspires students, and adds to the quality of life. At Western Carolina University the way we define research isn't traditional.
Whether you as a member of our faculty are pursuing a grant, writing a paper, combining years of study into a book, a composition or art exhibition, the resources below are here to help you and allow your research to redefine what we think is possible.
Academic Affairs administers the following grants, awards and funds: Chancellor’s Travel Fund, Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award, Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award, Hunter Scholar Award, Intentional Learning Plan Grants, Program of Excellence Award, Provost’s Internal Funding Support Grant, Scholarly Development Assignment Program, Southern Conference Faculty Member of the Year Award, University Scholar Award, and Visiting Scholar Program. More information can be found in our SharePoint Library.
The Coulter Faculty Commons (CFC) for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, located in the Hunter Library, at Western Carolina University serves full and part-time faculty in teaching & learning. We aid our faculty members through the promotion of an established blend of pedagogy, technology, and research.
The following support and recognition items are housed within Coulter Faculty Commons: Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Chancellor’s Award for Engaged Teaching, Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Innovation Scholar Award, and Professional Development Grants.
The Office of Research Administration fosters and advances research at WCU. They assist faculty in the pursuit of external funding opportunities to develop fundable research and programs, prepare and submit proposals and manage grant awards in compliance with agency regulations.
The Hunter Library has a collection of subject, course, how-to guides on a plethora of topics from Interdisciplinary, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences and Technology. They also have a number of subject liaisons available for reference.
Through the Office of the Provost there is available funding options for Faculty in pursuit or support of undergraduate research, civic engagement, and service learning, internships, fieldwork, mentoring and advising, presentations at professional meetings, participation and leadership in social and professional organizations, international travel and study, and culminating capstone experiences are central elements of department plans to enhance the learning experience of our students.
Research at the University of North Carolina System is as diverse and relevant as each of our 17 constituent institutions. From education policy to biotechnology, our faculty, staff and students are advancing knowledge, technology development, and community growth through cutting edge research and discovery in world class facilities.