Demography of CPC

This section reports on changes in the number of faculty involved with CPC, the age structure of the Fellows, the number of academic departments represented, the number of research projects and trainees, and the growth of the levels of funding and in the square footage used by CPC. Finally, this section describes many of the office spaces that CPC has occupied between 1966 and 2006.


Faculty Involved with CPC, 1968 and 1973 view chart

Faculty involved with CPC were UNC-CH faculty interested in population or family planning, and interested in being part of an organized interdisciplinary center devoted to population activities. Their numbers more than doubled between 1968 and 1973.

CPC Faculty Associates were faculty members with special interests in population studies, and who were involved, in varying degrees, in population or family planning teaching, research, or service. Faculty Associates were from UNC-CH or from other universities or colleges in North Carolina. In 1969, there were 55 Faculty Associates, nearly quadrupling by 1973, when there were 219 Faculty Associates.

Fellows, UNC Academic Departments, and Research Projects view chart

CPC's Faculty Fellows program was developed in 1977, when 33 Fellows were appointed. Fellows hold faculty appointments in academic departments at UNC-CH, are interested in population studies, and are elected by Fellows to join CPC.

In the chart, "Academic Departments" refer to the Fellows' home departments. Their number measures the range of disciplines involved with CPC research. The number of departments has ranged from a high of 19 in 1979 to 15 in 2006.

"Research Projects" is a count of the projects funded and active at CPC. There was a dramatic drop in the number of research projects in the early 1980s, reflecting the change in Center philosophy from providing technical assistance to conducting research. That number more than tripled between then and 2006.

Fellows' Year of Entry to CPC view chart

This graph depicts the entry years of the 57 Fellows who are at CPC in 2006–07. Eleven of the Fellows who were at CPC in 2006 were in the original pool of 33 appointed by Udry in 1977. Four were elected in 1978 or 1979, eight were elected in the 1980s, 16 in the 1990s, and 20 in the 2000s. Most of the Fellows who were elected between 2002 and 2006 were Assistant or Associate Professors, shifting downward the career stage distribution of the Fellows. A larger representation of junior faculty affects CPC by encouraging a research environment in which the Fellows can bring new ideas to CPC, use the latest research techniques, develop new research projects, and apply their conceptualization of population research in a broadened perspective.

Trainees view chart

The training program has been a core element of CPC since its origins in 1966. In the first decade, Master's level and PhD level students could be affiliated with CPC by indicating an interest in population studies. Some were involved more formally as trainees, and some were involved more informally. The data for 1968 and 1973 show a dramatic rise in the number of trainees involved, both formally and informally. Subsequently, the training program was reorganized, trainees had to meet a stringent set of requirements, and prospective trainees had to compete for spots in the program. In the reorganized program, the number of trainees was stable in the 1980s, but rose dramatically after that. In 1989, there were 36 total trainees; in 2006, the number was nearly double, 66.


As the Center grew in the number of Fellows, research projects, and trainees, so did the number of staff to support the research and training mission of the Center. Accurate historical data on the number of staff at CPC between 1966 and 2006 is difficult to obtain, though it is certain that there was an overall increase. In 2006 there were a total of 183: 1 Director, 15 Administrative staff, 46 Research Services staff, 1 Training Coordinator, and 120 project staff, 32 of whom were graduate research assistants.

Funding view chart

Funding for CPC research activities, support of core services, and the training program increased nearly tenfold over 22 years, from $3.27 million in 1984 to more than $30.3 million in 2006. No data are available for 1979.

Square Footage view chart

Office space for CPC expanded and contracted, depending on the goals of the Center and the number and complexity of the projects that were supported. The office space that CPC occupied doubled between 1968 and 1973, reflecting the growth in technical assistance and research activities. Between the years of 1979 and 1984, there was a decrease in the square footage of office space used by CPC because there was a decrease in the number of projects at CPC, and in the number of staff working on those projects. Between 2000 and 2004, there was an increase from 26,500 square feet to 40,500 square feet. In 2006, CPC occupied 42,000 square feet of office space.

Office Locations

The Carolina Population Center had always been situated separate from an academic department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of this, and because of the limited space on the university campus, CPC used rented office space in many different locations near the UNC campus, most often to the north and west of campus. Listed below are many of the office addresses, accompanied by a brief description of the CPC departments/units residing there, and the approximate years at that location.

500 Pittsboro Street view photo

This was the first administrative office space for CPC. It was the site of the first location of the CPC Library, and offices of the USA Programs Office, and the State Services Office, including the NC Files. This house was called the Kemp Cate House. Approximate years: 1966–1971.

407 Pittsboro Street

This was the location of Freymann's office in Health Administration, and also University Population Programs and CPC's International Study Group in 1972. Called the Drane Cottage, this was demolished in recent years when the current School of Public Health building was built. Approximate years: 1967–1971.

206 Vance Street view photo

Housed the POPLAB project, which was part of the Department of Biostatistics and had links to CPC via the faculty including Richard Bilsborrow, Vaida Thompson, Boone Turchi, and Moye Freymann, among others. Called the Newton Underwood House, CPC moved here in 1967 and moved out in 1976 or 1977.

404 Pittsboro Street view photo

General office space for CPC in the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

214 West Cameron Street view photo

Called the Gerald Bell House, this was the location for the Educational Materials Office in late 1960s, and the Publications unit in the early 1970s.

113 Mallette Street view photo

This was the location of the Communications and Planning Office including Publications, Educational Materials, and Development Planning. CPC used this space, called the D.H. Strowd House, between (approximately) 1971 and 1975.

223 East Franklin Street, NCNB Plaza

A suite of office space in the NCNB Plaza provided space for the International Fertility Research Program in the early 1970s.

136 East Rosemary Street, NCNB Plaza view photo

Housed staff of the POPLAB project and POPLAB Publications beginning in 1978. The project ended in 1983, and CPC vacated the space in 1984.

121 West Rosemary Street view photo

From about 1979 until the early 1980s, this location housed Editorial Services, some staff from the AdSex project, and some offices for postdoctoral scholars.

134 East Franklin Street, Coffeehouse

This second floor office space was used by staff of Spatial Analysis, and for occasional general use by CPC staff and visitors to CPC.

123 West Franklin Street - CPC East view photo

CPC administration moved to University Square East in 1968, just after University Square was built. This provided office space for administration, the training program, computer services staff and computers, the library collection, and faculty and Fellows office space. To begin, CPC had space on the fifth floor, and then expanded into other floors as needs arose. In 2006, CPC East provided space for the Director, some staff of the finance and administration unit, most of the research services staff, and some offices for Fellows, trainees, and graduate research assistants.

143 West Franklin Street - CPC West view photo

Called University Square West, this space was built shortly after University Square East. This space has provided CPC with offices for staff from finance and administration, and for some Fellows, trainees, and graduate research assistants.

211 West Cameron - CPC South view photo

CPC first occupied this space in 2001, housing the MEASURE/Evaluation Project staff, and staff for other CPC research projects. MEASURE/Evaluation grew out of the allotted space, and moved to CPC North at 206 West Franklin Street. Staff from other research projects continue to have offices here, and in 2005, the training program moved in to this location, and in 2006, it provided workspaces for almost all predoctoral trainees.

206 West Franklin Street - CPC North view photo

The MEASURE/Evaluation project moved into this space in June 2004, after outgrowing the space at 211 West Cameron Street, and continued to occupy this space in 2006.

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