Presidential Fellows Program

The Radford University Presidential Fellows Program creates opportunities for faculty members to dedicate time, expertise and passion to a specific project, while fulfilling the University’s mission to serve current and future generations of Highlanders. Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Presidential Fellows Program offers reassigned time to one faculty member during the spring semester to pursue an idea that is designed to enhance the University’s focus on teaching, research and service. While fulfilling Radford University’s core values, the Presidential Fellows Program strives to embody the spirit of excellence, creativity, discovery and inclusion, while providing a supportive environment for leadership growth, professional development and relationship building.

The Appointment

The Presidential Fellows Program will adhere to University policy for reassigned time as outlined in the Radford University Teaching and Research Faculty Handbook. The reassignment is for one semester and an extension for one additional semester is possible. The selected Presidential Fellow will have an office in Martin Hall allowing for close collaboration with the President and other members of the University’s senior leadership team

For Fall 2020, interested faculty are invited to submit an application to the Office of the President between March 3, 2020 and March 31, 2020.  Following a review of applications and possible follow-up questions, a Presidential Fellow will be named no later than May 1, 2020.

The Projects

Approved projects will support the academic excellence, student success, research progress, economic development and civic engagement goals as outlined in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Embracing the Tradition and Envisioning the Future. In developing projects, faculty are encouraged to submit an idea that encourages collaboration and coordination.  Projects should be designed to be completed in one semester, although a second semester is possible based on administrative needs and academic teaching.


To be considered for the Radford University Presidential Fellows Program, candidates should be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member a proven record of outstanding scholarly and/or creative activities toward the mission of the University and of supporting the Radford family’s guiding principles of excellence, accountability, transparency and student-centeredness.


For questions related to the Presidential Fellows Program, please contact the Office of the President at 540-831-5401.

Presidential Fellow in the News

  1. Radford University announces inaugural Presidential Fellow »


    Assistant Professor of English Amy Rubens has been named Radford University’s inaugural Presidential Fellow.