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Eric Fotheringham

Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Eric Fotheringham is director of strategic academic initiatives in academic affairs for the UNC System Office. In this role, he serves as the project director for a number of adult learner and returning student initiatives, as well as grant-funded projects focused on expanding student success in innovative ways. He is the project director for the Adult Promise grant from the Lumina Foundation which, in partnership with the North Carolina Community College System, is expanding data analysis efforts around degree completion, developing a statewide, online platform for adult learners, and coordinating the development of prior learning assessment programs for both systems. Eric also works on research, evaluation, and assessment of strategic initiatives throughout the division and with the system’s 17 constituent institutions. Eric has served as an adjunct instructor for three years in the MPA program here at the School teaching courses on nonprofit management. Previously, he worked extensively in the public and nonprofit sectors working with immigrant and refugee communities throughout the United States, particularly Latinos in the south. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University.

 Selected Publications

Clerkin, R.M., and Fotheringham, E. Exploring the relationship between public service motivation and formal and informal volunteering. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 2017

Akos, Patrick; Greene, Jeffrey A.; Fotheringham, Eric; Raynor, Samantha; Gonzales, Junius; Godwin, Jeremy. The Promise of Noncognitive Factors for Underrepresented College Students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

 Stater, K.J. and Fotheringham, E. Mechanisms for institutionalizing service-learning and community partner outcomes. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

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