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Faculty Fellowships

Since 2008, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) has been organizing a fellows program for faculty members seeking to transform or create a course with an integrated community-based learning (CBL) component.

For the 2019-20 academic year, the CCE will offer three different fellowship opportunities:

1. Community-Based Learning (CBL) Fellowships

The CCE will fund fellowships for those interested in exploring community-based pedagogy and teaching a CBL course in the 2019-20 academic year. The CBL Faculty Fellowship provides a supportive, interdisciplinary cohort that explores community engagement.

Fellows commit to develop their CBL class through 1) meeting for two days in May and on one day in August, and 2) participating in a year-long faculty/staff learning community with their cohort of CBL Fellows. Participants will receive a stipend of $1000 for meeting 6-8 times with the learning community, as well as $500 per day for the May and August meetings. If you plan to use your time in the summer to develop local community partnerships, you may also request an additional $500.

2. Community-Engaged Scholars (CES) Group 

We invite faculty to apply to participate in a community-engaged scholars (CES) group to develop scholarly or creative activity for publication and dissemination. The group will travel to Nimrod Hall in Bath County, Virginia this summer for quiet writing time and group planning sessions. In addition, the group will meet 3-4 times during the 2019-2020 academic year for support to meet the writing, publishing, and dissemination goals set during the retreat.

Proposed scholarly or creative projects should emerge from your community-engaged teaching, research, or other community-engaged work. The CCE will support a continuum of scholarly and creative works produced for and with specific publics and communities.

Group members commit to attending scheduled meetings and to sending out/making public their project by June 2020.  Each participant will receive a $500 stipend, and the CCE will cover all retreat-related expenses.  Participants will also be eligible for support for travel to a conference to present their work. If you are interested, please contact Terry Dolson.

3. East End Cemetery Collaboratory

East End Cemetery is a historic African American burial ground in Richmond City and Henrico County, Virginia, where volunteers have been working to uncover long-buried headstones and reclaim the history of this community.  In 2017-18, faculty from UR and VCU began working together under the name “East End Cemetery Collaboratory.” The Collaboratory’s mission is to support “the community effort to restore East End Cemetery by engaging students and faculty across disciplines and institutions. Our work entails the curation and documentation of African American history and culture in Richmond, as well as the reclamation of the cemetery site. We aim to produce place-based knowledge that contributes to a community dialogue about our collective past.”  One result of the Collaboratory is a website, built by the UR Digital Scholarship Lab and the Spatial Analysis Lab, which shows a map of the cemetery and uncovered headstones, serving as public records for locating buried individuals.

Lizzie Baughan, Classics, and Kristine Grayson, Biology, will lead a third year of collaboration to continue the Collaboratory’s work. Former Collaboratory members will be given priority, but we expect there will be some openings for new people to join.  Departments currently represented in this interdisciplinary group include Biology, Archaeology, Religion, History, and Sociology.

Collaboratory Fellows commit to 1) connecting one class through community-based learning to East End Cemetery; 2) meeting one day in May, one day in August, and 4-6 times throughout the academic year; and 3) contributing in some way to the end-of-semester celebration.  Participants will receive stipend of $1000 for the academic year, as well $500 per day for the May and August meetings.  If you are creating a new class or significantly revising an existing class, you can request summer course development funding.

2019-20 Fellowships

Academic year 2019-20 fellow groups were selected in the spring of 2019. The deadline to apply was April 8, 2019. If you are interested in future fellowship opportunities, please contact