2021 - 2022 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.

In 2021-2022, the CCE is offering three specialized faculty fellowship opportunities (see below). If you have a topic for a future faculty fellowship program, then please contact Derek Miller. All applications are due April 16, at 5 p.m.

1. Institutional History Learning Cohort

The University released two reports discussing the history of our institution, with a specific focus on enslavement, race, and segregation. These reports raise important questions about our university, its place within Richmond, and how the legacies of these histories still shape all of us today. We invite faculty from all schools, disciplines, and statuses to join in a faculty learning cohort that is co-sponsored by the SAO of Equity and Community and the Provost's Office, in collaboration with the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, to support faculty as they integrate some aspect of this history into at least one course offered in either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. We recognize that this could take many forms including but not limited to: a starting point for new research/creative projects, including student-mentored research; weaving case studies and examples of key ideas from the research into a course; necessary context for community based learning; and/or, an example of the evolution of the modern university and how this has shaped the disciplines. The cohort will start with a half-day event over the summer to discuss the reports with colleagues across campus and, if possible, to walk the campus grounds together, visiting locations featured in the reports. The cohort will then meet 5-6 times over the course of the school year to continue to learn, reflect, and to support the integration of the University's history into their course. This cohort is open to faculty from all schools and of every status.

Institutional History Fellows commit to attending a half-day event in June (date and format TBD) and attending all cohort meetings throughout the year. Participants will receive a $250 stipend for the June meeting and will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating with the cohort for the academic year (adjusted for attendance).

2. Eco-Corridor Faculty Fellows: Art, Culture, and History

The Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor and Little Westham Creek connect UR's campus to the James River. The Eco-Corridor is meant to be a place for learning, exploration, and positive environmental impact. It speaks to a number of key issues facing our society and campus including but not limited to: community, wellness, connectivity, environmentalism, sustainability, and the history of enslavement and inequality. The Eco-Corridor provides the opportunity for place-based learning to consider these themes and a space for telling key stories around these themes. Following on the work of the 2018-19 Eco-Corridor Think Tank, and the 2020-21 Eco-Corridor fellowship, this year the CCE invites faculty to take part in a learning community focused on incorporating the Eco-Corridor into classes inspiring collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues. Faculty should apply with at least one course into which they hope to incorporate the Eco-Corridor in some way either in fall 2021 or spring 2022. The learning community will provide a space for learning more about the corridor itself and for faculty to explore how the Eco-Corridor can be a space for learning. This learning community welcomes faculty of any status.

Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor Fellows commit to 1) attending the planning meeting in May (date and format TBD); 2) attending and bringing draft assignments/syllabus to the August syllabus and assignment workshop (date TBD); and 3) attending all sixFaculty Learning Community (FLC) meetings throughout the year. Participants will receive a $250 stipend per half-day meeting in May and August and will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the FLC for the academic year (adjusted for attendance).

3. East End Cemetery Collaboratory  Fellowship

The East End Cemetery Collaboratory is a cross-institutional group that brings together university faculty and community members to document and curate African American history and culture in Richmond through cemetery restoration and research. The group began in 2017-18 as a collaboration between faculty from UR and VCU. This group will enter its fifth year in 2021-22, with opportunities for new faculty and community members to join. The Collaboratory's mission is to "produce place-based knowledge that contributes to a community dialogue about our collective past." One result of the Collaboratory is a digital map and archive, serving as a public record for locating buried individuals.

The Collaboratory offers a supportive forum for members seeking to deepen their engagement with a greater community of scholars, artists, community members, and descendants who share a commitment to cemetery restoration and research. The Collaboratory provides a space in which members pool resources and energies for special initiatives and events. We invite faculty and community members to apply to join the Collaboratory for this upcoming 2021-22 school year to support the group’s mission through engagement with teaching, research, community outreach, and/or creative work. The proposed activities may be, but do not have to be, connected to a particular class. Similarly, we recognize that there are multiple ways to engage students and the broader community in the mission of the Collaboratory. We are excited about projects that build upon the work that the Collaboratory has done previously (including the digital map and archive) but also new projects representing the interests and expertise of the applicants. We also welcome projects relating to other historic African American cemeteries, such as Woodland and Barton Heights. The Collaboratory will meet ~6 times over the course of the academic year (~monthly) allowing for the sharing of collective wisdom, support, and coordination of efforts. Meetings of the Collaboratory will be supported by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond (CCE) and members will be able to apply to the CCE for small grants to support their Collaboratory-related projects.

Collaboratory Fellows commit to 1) contributing to the ongoing work of the Collaboratory through connection to a class, research, or other project; 2) meeting ~6 times throughout the academic year (format and dates for meeting TBD); and 3)taking part in an event to share their work with the public. Participants will receive $1,000 for participating in the FLC for the academic year (adjusted for attendance). Stipends for participation cannot be made to organizations and must be made to individuals.