FACULTY AFFILIATION PROCESS

The Global Change Center (GCC) addresses the challenges to the environment and society resulting from global changes by providing a framework that encourages, facilitates, and rewards interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach across the intellectual landscape of our University. For faculty members that are interested in becoming involved, an application procedure is provided below.

All GCC faculty affiliations are for two-year renewable terms. Affiliate contributions to the GCC are evaluated on an annual basis and determine renewal.

How do I become affiliated with the GCC?

  • Provide a 1-2 page statement of interest and your CV to the Director of the GCC. The statement should highlight your expected contributions to the GCC. The Director may then request an initial meeting to discuss whether your interests and expertise are aligned with the vision and mission of the GCC.
  • The Director will present your inquiry to the GCC Advisory Board.
  • The GCC Advisory Board and Director will vote on your request to become affiliated. A majority (>75%) vote is required for affiliation.

Eligibility:

All full-time tenure track faculty engaged in global change-related scholarship are eligible to apply for affiliation with the Global Change Center.

Non-tenure track faculty may be considered eligible when 1) it is clear how the individual will contribute to our core activities over time (e.g., advising graduate students, collaboration on research teams, and/or engagement in curriculum) and 2) Virginia Tech has made a commitment to the individual’s employment beyond the year they apply for affiliation.  These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and require additional documentation from the administration describing the individual’s employment conditions (e.g., letter from the department head/chair).