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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.

In 2020-2021, the CCE is offering four specialized faculty fellowship opportunities (see below). If you have a topic for a future faculty fellowship program, then please contact Terry Dolson.

Fellowship Groups and applications will be announced in February, 2021 for the for 21-22 academic year. For information about current groups click here

1. East End Cemetery Collaboratory Fellowship

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 Collaboratory." This group will enter its fourth year in 2020-21, with opportunities for new faculty to join.

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 being built by the UR Digital Scholarship Lab and the Spatial Analysis Lab, serving as a public record for locating buried individuals.

Faculty participants will meaningfully integrate an East End Cemetery experience and related learning project into a fall 2020 or spring 2021 course AND/OR contribute to ongoing work that serves the larger educational mission of this group. The opportunity to participate without a current class project is new. 

Collaboratory Fellows commit to 1) connecting one class through community-based learning to East End Cemetery AND/OR contributing to the ongoing work for East End Cemetery; 2) a half-day meeting in May and a full-day meeting in August, and 4-6 times in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) throughout the academic year (format and dates for meeting TBD; this meeting schedule may change); and 3) contributing in some way to an end-of-semester celebration. Participants will receive a $250 stipend for half-day meetings and $500 for full-day meetings, as well as $1,000 for participating in the FLC for the academic year (adjusted for attendance). If you are creating a new class or significantly revising an existing class, you can request summer course development funding.

Apply here: 2020-21 East End Cemetery Collaboratory Fellowship Application

2. Eco-Corridor Faculty Fellows

Following on the work of the 2018-19 Eco-Corridor Think Tank,  we are forming a fellowship of instructors interested in connecting with the newly opened Eco-Corridor during AY 2020-21. The goal of this group is to explore how courses across the disciplines can engage with the Eco-Corridor space. Faculty will participate (perhaps virtually) in a late spring workshop day to learn about the Eco-Corridor and to consider ways they might engage students for learning. They will also participate in an August syllabus workshop and a Faculty Learning Community (with monthly meetings) for the academic year.

Eco-Corridor Fellows commit to 1) attending the planning meetings possibly in May and August (dates and format TBD); 2) bringing draft assignments/syllabus to the August syllabus and assignment workshop (date TBD); and 3) attending all Faculty Learning Community (FLC) meetings throughout the year. Participants will receive a $250 stipend per half-day meeting in May and August, no matter the format, and will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the FLC for the academic year (adjusted for attendance).

Apply here: 2020-2021 Eco-Corridor CBL Fellowships

3. Civic Engagement in the Curriculum Fellows

Recognizing the importance that departments and programs play in supporting faculty and their community-engaged work, this fellowship program will work with representatives from interested departments/programs to explore ways to more fully integrate civic engagement within their departmental/program structure. Questions to be addressed could include: how to make civic engagement a consistent and intentional part of a department’s curriculum and major/minor pathways; how to solve for the logistics of civic engagement in terms of student enrollment and time; how to reward community engagement in promotions; or how to support community-engaged research.

Applicants should apply in teams of at least two from a program or department with a general question or concern that they plan to address. Through the combined wisdom of the cohort, each team will leave with new tools for supporting civic engagement in their department/program. Fellows will also prepare materials to be shared with their department/program.

Civic Engagement in the Curriculum Fellows commit to 1) addressing at least one problem/challenge to integrating civic engagement into their department/program 2) sharing their insights and/or solutions with their department/program at the end of the fellowship and 2) attending a meeting in May, a half-day meeting in August, and 4-6 times throughout academic year. Each participant will receive a $1000 stipend for the academic year and a $250 stipend for the August meeting.

Apply here: 2020-2021 Civic Engagement in the Curriculum Fellows Application 

4. RSB Community-Based Learning Faculty Fellows

Together with the Robins School of Business Dean’s Office, the CCE invites applications for a cohort of faculty fellows from the Robins School who are interested in exploring community-based learning pedagogy and community engagement in the business school classroom in the 2020-21 academic year. Over the course of this one-year program, each fellow will develop and implement a community-based learning (CBL) component in a course. This could involve adding a new piece to an existing course, fleshing out a new course, or expanding an existing CBL component.

The cohort will build on work that is already underway in the business school, and will imagine new ways to engage and to support community engagement for business faculty and students. Fellows will attend three half-day preparation meetings in May and August (perhaps virtually), be supported in exploring potential partnerships for their class during the summer of 2020, and participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) to meet monthly during the 2020-2021 academic year. Read more: Call for Participation: 2020-21 Interdisciplinary Business School/CCE CBL Faculty Fellows Cohort.

RSB Community-Based Learning Fellows commit to 1) attending the preparation meetings, likely in May and August (dates and format TBD); 2) bringing draft assignments/syllabus to the August syllabus and assignment workshop (date TBD); and 3) attending all FLC meetings throughout the academic year. Participants will receive a $250 stipend per half-day meeting, no matter the format, and will receive a $1,000 for participating in FLC meetings (adjusted for attendance). If you are creating a new class or significantly revising an existing class, you may request summer course development funding.

Apply here: 2020-2021 Business School Community-Based Learning (CBL) Fellowships