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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is excited to welcome a new cohort of community-based learning (CBL) Faculty Fellows for academic year 2017-18.  

Applications are now closed.  Please contact Terry Dolson if you are interested in learning more about applying for the 2018-19 cohort.  

CBL Faculty Fellows

An effective CBL course grows from a combination of course content, faculty interests, and community need. Recognizing the complexity of designing and implementing a CBL course, the CCE offers fellowships to faculty members who want to explore the CBL pedagogy.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the CCE will be supporting two faculty groups:

1. The traditional CBL Faculty Fellows group welcomes faculty who are interested in developing a connection to the community for a particular course.  Selected faculty will participate in a 2-day spring workshop, usually held in early May, and will meet again in August for a daylong, peer-to-peer syllabus review.  This group will also meet monthly as a faculty learning community (FLC) during the 2017-18 academic year. 

2. NEW for 2017-18!  The East End "Collaboratory" - Participate in a new model for CBL collaboration.  Faculty applicants must meaningfully integrate an East End Cemetery experience and related learning project into a fall 2017 or spring 2018 course.  We welcome a wide variety of perspectives from across disciplines.  Classes that are linked to the Collaboratory will connect student work with ongoing curation efforts.  Currently, spatial headstone data is being collected and curated; and many community efforts aim to reconstruct the lost history of this African American cemetery and the community within Richmond's wider social and political contexts.  Toward those ends, Collaboratory faculty will participate in ongoing discussions and planning with community stakeholders.  Working with the Digital Scholarship Lab, the Spatial Analysis Lab, and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, we plan to make both the spatial data and extended research available on a public web platform. 

Collaboratory members will commit to meet for one day in May 2017 to explore collaboration opportunities, one day in August 2017 to review CBL syllabi, and one day in May 2018 to curate spatial data, produce scholarship, etc.  The Collaboratory will also meet monthly as an FLC during the 2017-18 academic year and connect regularly with community stakeholders.  

CCE funding is intended to compensate faculty participants in both groups for the time and work necessary to create a CBL experience.  Faculty Fellows will receive $500 per day for daylong workshops/meetings and syllabus reviews.  They will also receive $500 per semester for participating in an FLC during both the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.  In addition, Faculty Fellows will receive $1200, as well as support from CCE staff, for building relationship(s) in the community while developing their course syllabus during summer 2017.  

Please contact CBL program manager Terry Dolson or CBL Fellow Cody Fleeger if you have any questions.

CERPI Fellows

The CERPI fellowship is on hiatus for summer 2017.

In recognition of the multiple ways faculty contribute their expertise to community engagement in the Richmond region, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers the Community-Engaged Research and Practice Initiative (CERPI) to provide summer funding for faculty undertaking a community-based project, including an artistic project, or community-engaged research. The funds are meant to support full-time work on community-engaged projects or research in the summer. CERPI Fellows are required to work in collaboration with a community organization; the nature of the collaboration is defined by project applicants and their collaborators, but is expected to exemplify practices of reciprocal partnership. Fellows are also required to integrate the research or project into a course during the school year as a way to further student learning.

For the purposes of this fellowship, the CCE defines a community-based project as a large-scale community-based, collaborative project that involves stakeholders in the Richmond region and uses the fellow's knowledge and skill base in order to respond to a need identified by a community organization. A community-based project may draw on skills other than research. For example, in 2013 Dr. Thad Williamson co-led the Mayor's Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty, a role that included writing reports and policy briefs for the city, convening stakeholders, and presenting extensively on poverty in Richmond. A community-based artistic project would use the fellow's knowledge and skill base in order to respond to a community need and collaboratively engage community stakeholders.

For the purposes of this fellowship, the CCE is defining community-engaged research as research that involves the collaborative generation, refinement, and exchange of knowledge that is relevant to, shared with, and validated by community partners and peers. Community-engaged research is undertaken in equitable collaboration with community partners who help identify research questions, determine methodology, and participate in the research process in a way that recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. Community-engaged research demonstrates methodological rigor through the use of methods that are appropriate to the goals, questions, and context of the work. The completed research project is anticipated to directly benefit the community organization or the people the organization serves.

If you have questions about the CERPI Fellowships, please contact CCE Director, Dr. Sylvia Gale.

How to Apply

CBL Faculty Fellows will be selected for the 2017-18 academic year during the spring of 2017. Please download the application form, complete it, and deliver it to the CCE by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 24. For more information, contact Terry Dolson.

The CERPI Fellows program is currently on hiatus. You can view the past application form here. For more information, contact Dr. Sylvia Gale.

Questions About CBL?

Contact Terry Dolson, community-based learning manager, with questions about CBL courses, fellowships, and research opportunities.
(804) 484-1607

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