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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.

Based on faculty interest and demand, the CCE is offering these specialized opportunities to support faculty in integrating community engagement into their teaching and scholarship in 2018-19.

Exploratory Community:  Incarceration

The CCE will fund fellowships for up to 8 faculty/staff interested in learning together about issues around incarceration (particularly in Virginia) with the goal of better understanding the opportunities for connection between the university and the justice system.  We will read about national models for interconnection, visit local facilities, and interview local people already deeply involved in this work.

Fellows commit to meeting one half day in spring 2018 for planning, and then once a month during the 2018-2019 academic year. Participants will receive a $250 stipend for the half day and $1000 for the academic year.  The group will produce a recommendation for a shared project the CCE could sponsor, possibly in the form of a future Collaboratory.

2018-19 Exploratory Community:

  • Riddhi Bhandari (Leadership Studies)
  • Erin Collins (Law)
  • Monti Datta (Political Science)
  • Terry Dolson (Bonner Center for Civic Engagement)
  • Sylvia Gale (Bonner Center for Civic Engagement)
  • Lisa Jobe-Shields (Psychology)
  • Julie McConnell (Law)
  • Andy McGraw (Music)
  • Andrea Simpson (Political Science)
  • Kathleen Skerrett (Religious Studies)
  • Ashlee Barnes (Virginia Commonwealth University, Criminal Justice)
  • Myrl Beam (Virginia Commonwealth University, Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies)
  • Troy Martin, (Virginia Commonwealth University, Focused Inquiry)
  • Stephanie Rizzi (Virginia Commonwealth University, Focused Inquiry)

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 over the weekend of July 13-15 for quiet writing time and group planning sessions.  In addition, the group will meet 3-4 times during the 2018-2019 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 2019.  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.

2018-19 CES Group:

  • Laura Browder (American Studies)
  • Lauranett Lee (Public History, Leadership Studies)
  • Todd Lookingbill (Geography & the Environment, Biology)
  • Patricia Stohr-Hunt (Education)

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 second year of collaboration to continue the Collaboratory’s work. Members from year one of the Collaboratory 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 East End Cemetery website.  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.

2018-19 Collaboratory:

  • Elizabeth Baughan (Classical Studies)
  • Emily Boone (Biology)
  • Laura Browder (English)
  • Kristine Grayson (Biology)
  • Patricia Herrera (Theater & Dance)
  • Jeannine Keefer (Art & Art History)
  • Doug Winiarski (Religious Studies)
  • Susan Bodnar-Deren (Virginia Commonwealth University, Sociology)
  • Ryan Smith (Virginia Commonwealth University, History)

Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor Think Tank (co-sponsored with the Office of Sustainability)

In academic year 2018-2019, Dr. Todd Lookingbill will lead a Think Tank (facilitated by Terry Dolson and Rob Andrejewski) through which faculty will learn about and interact with the corridor as it is being created.  As a group, faculty and staff will explore possibility for connections with classes, and also envision the future.  Each member will  individually create learning opportunities for students (in the form of assignments/syllabus, etc.) which will utilize the corridor. 

Think Tank members will be expected to attend a meeting in August, before classes start, and monthly meetings throughout AY 18-19.  Meeting attendance is mandatory.  Members will receive a total of $1000.00 when all commitments are completed. To learn more, please see the document linked here.

2018-19 Eco-Corridor Think Tank:

  • Emily Boone (Biology)
  • Yetkin Borlu (Sociology)
  • Tim Hamilton (Economics)
  • Todd Lookingbill (Geography & the Environment, Biology)
  • Elizabeth Outka (English)
  • David Salisbury (Geography & the Environment)
  • Jennifer Sevin (Biology)
  • Patricia Stohr-Hunt (Education)
  • Shital Thekdi (Management)
  • Carrie Wu (Biology)

How to Apply

Academic year 2019-20 fellows groups will be selected during the spring of 2019. Additional information about how to apply will be available soon.