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2022 Faculty Election

Gabriel Bump

Running for: Faculty Athletics Committee
  • Assistant Professor
  • English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Appointed: 2021
  • M.F.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
UNC Service

English Department's 225th Anniversary Celebration
Frank B. Hanes Writer-In-Residence organizing committee
Thomas Wolfe Scholarship committee
Search committee for Teaching Assistant Professor in English and Comparative Literature
Search committee for Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction

Candidate Statement

I am running for this position because the symbiotic relationship between athletics and academics is part of what makes our campus extraordinary. By serving on this committee, I hope to deepen my involvement in campus life.
In my early twenties, I wrote about Chicago high school basketball for The Huffington Post and SLAM Magazine. I learned two important lessons from my reporting.
First, high-level prep athletes aren’t necessarily looking to make their sport a career; they consciously see an athletic scholarship as a means to a free education.
Second, not much separates a star lacrosse player from a star English student. They just have different gifts. Like a star English student, most athletes come to UNC to grow into well-rounded adults. Our job is to help facilitate that growth, put them in a position to succeed.

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