About UNC Public Policy
As of the 2017-18 academic year, we will have a core tenure-track faculty of 14, 3 adjunct full professors, 1 adjunct associate professor, 3 fixed-term full time teaching assistant professors, 2 research assistant professors, 2 research associate professors and a critical mass of adjunct teaching assistant professors and professors of the practice of public policy. Our interdisciplinary core faculty have Ph.D. in economics, history, public policy, philosophy, political science; sociology and sociomedical science.
UNC Public Policy’s undergraduate enrollment has grown to approximately 501 majors, and for each of the past several years it has graduated over 100 majors each academic year.
Public Policy has grown from approximately 180 undergraduate majors and 43 minors (October 2009), to 501 undergraduate majors and over 111 undergraduate minors for the fall 2017 semester. The graduate (Ph.D.) program has 30 students including 5 international students (representing Brazil, Netherlands, India, China, and Ghana). In recent years, Public Policy has taught approximately 5,000 credit hours per year.
In May 2017, UNC Public Policy had its largest graduating class of undergraduates to date, with 140 majors graduating. Public Policy continues to attract high quality students, as indicated by the various awards and recognitions received by the University. Since 2013, PLCY students have been recognized with Chancellor’s Awards including the John Johnston Parker, Jr. Medal for Unique Leadership in Student Government, the Gladys and Albert Coates Award, the Edward Kidder Graham Award, the Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award, the E. Eugene Jackson Award, and the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award. During the 2016-17 academic year, 16 of our undergraduate majors were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Since 2013, Public Policy majors have also won distinguished external awards, including the Luce Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, and the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
In our graduate program, we currently have 5 Royster Fellows, the Graduate School’s flagship fellowship program.