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Meredith O’Dekirk

Faculty Affairs Program Associate

Meredith O’Dekirk serves as the Faculty Affairs Program Associate in the Office of Faculty Affairs. In her role, she provides operational and programming support to develop and execute Faculty Affairs programs and initiatives. She also provides administrative support to the Faculty Affairs team, assists with website development, and manages the appointment letter process for newly appointed, promoted, and tenured faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. Meredith has over six years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Affairs team, she worked in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office as an Administrative Support Specialist.

Meredith is extremely passionate about higher education and organizational development. Throughout her career, she has contributed to numerous programs in service of higher education professionals, including but not limited to the Provost Distinguished Faculty Leaders Program, fixed-term faculty appointment processes, and Faculty Affairs strategic planning. Meredith is a Prosci-certified Change Practitioner and provides change management services and expertise to the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Meredith is an alumna of the College of Arts & Sciences, earning her BA in Psychology in 2020. She earned her MA in Industrial – Organizational Psychology from Meredith College in 2022. She has a love of history and travel, having also studied at King’s College London in England and Liceo Artistico G. Giovagnoli in Sansepolcro, Italy. She is trained in organizational development, change management, recruitment and selection, the structure of work, data analysis, and social behavior. Demonstrating her commitment to the well-being of college faculty, her research projects focus on the rising levels of college faculty burnout, specifically how various teaching formats contribute to college faculty burnout and moderate known burnout predictors.

Roles & Responsibilites

  • Tenure and tenure-track appointment letters
  • Faculty leave ePARs
  • Faculty Affairs administrative support
  • Scheduling support
  • Website management
  • Faculty Affairs special projects and strategic planning
  • Faculty Affairs change management initiatives