Key Investment Priorities

A Clear Vision

The Department of Allied Health Sciences seeks future private investment in three key areas:

  • Faculty: Attracting and retaining the best allied health faculty members;

  • New Research and Knowledge: Conducting cutting-edge research to inform future practice; and

  • Students: Recruiting and educating the health care professionals of tomorrow.

Faculty

Attracting and retaining the best faculty members is as important as bringing the right students to Chapel Hill. In addition to their excellence in the classroom, these talented faculty members work to create knowledge, theories, methods, and practices through both research and teaching.  AHS needs your help in these areas to attract and enroll the best faculty:

Named Endowed Professorships ($250,000 - $666,000).* Professorships attract the finest professors in the allied health sciences. These professorships provide salary supplements and support for teaching and research.

Named Endowed Teaching Excellence Funds ($100,000). Students and alumni will reap the benefits of effective teaching throughout their careers. Teaching excellence funds recognize outstanding teaching in one of seven teaching disciplines of the allied health sciences.

Named Endowed Faculty Development Funds ($50,000). Faculty development funds enable the Department of Allied Health Sciences to give teaching awards and to host guest lecturers who greatly enhance the department's research, teaching capabilities, and prominence. In addition, these funds enable faculty to attend courses and conferences where they present their research findings and stay current on best practices in the field.

State Matching Fund. The North Carolina General Assembly established a fund to match private donations for endowed professorships. This fund provides these levels of supplemental grants for endowed professorships:

  • $167,000 of state funds to match private gifts of $333,000, establishing $500,000 endowments
  • $334,000 of state funds to match private gifts of $666,000, establishing $1 million endowments
  • $667,000 of state funds to match private gifts of $1,833,000, establishing $2.5 million endowments
  • $667,000 state funds to match private gifts of $2,333,000, establishing $3 million endowments

For more information about supporting faculty members, please contact Kyle Gray, Director of Development for the Department of Allied Health Sciences, at 919.966.3352 or kyle_gray@med.unc.edu.

New Research and Knowledge

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prides itself on performing research and service that benefit the citizens of the state and the nation. At AHS, we share the University's commitment. Our faculty creates new knowledge through research that emphasizes practical application by health care professionals.   In order to improve the effectiveness of our learning and research focus, AHS seeks support for the following initiatives:

Named Centers of Excellence ($1 million). Centers of excellence allow the Department of Allied Health Sciences to establish itself as a leader on specific topics within the field and to become a tremendous resource for our students, allied health professionals, and the public at large. Funding would be used to aid faculty research, sponsor major symposia, attract doctoral candidates to study specific areas of concentration, launch journals, and bring visiting professors.

Named Endowed Research Funds ($100,000 - $150,000). Endowed research funds advance the most innovative projects, provide seed money for new ventures, and allow matching funds as required by private and public grants. Private gifts are needed to provide dedicated time to work on research projects because, unlike many peer institutions, UNC-Chapel Hill provides very few paid research sabbaticals for tenured faculty members.

Improved Learning Environments ($300 - $250,000). The foundation of new knowledge is the quality of the instructional and research facilities used by faculty and students. The Department of Allied Health Sciences seeks contributions and donations of new medical technology to equip its classrooms and laboratories with state-of-the-art teaching tools to improve student and faculty learning and research outcomes. A range of permanent and prominent naming opportunities is available in the Department’s newest facilities across Chapel Hill’s campus.

For more information about supporting new research, please contact Kyle Gray, Director of Development for the Department of Allied Health Sciences, at 919.966.3352 or kyle_gray@med.unc.edu.

Students

We are committed to bringing the most outstanding students from North Carolina and the nation to the Carolina campus. This commitment enables us to produce some of the brightest allied health professionals and leaders. AHS competes for the best students, who often base their selection on the availability of scholarships and fellowships. The Department has a limited number of scholarships and graduate fellowships, while our peer institutions have increased their numbers and amounts. We need your help in these areas to attract and enroll the best students:

Named Endowed Scholarships ($100,000). Scholarships allow AHS to attract elite students from the United States and around the world to study in Chapel Hill. Our Department is losing many talented students to programs that can better meet their financial needs.

Named Endowed Graduate Fellowships ($300,000). Fellowships allow more students to share in the thrill of discovery in the classroom and to take part in unique research, laboratory, and field work experiences.

For more information about supporting students, please contact Kyle Gray, Director of Development for the Department of Allied Health Sciences, at 919.966.3352 or kyle_gray@med.unc.edu.