Faculty Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship (FLC-CES)

The FLC –CES will be a collaborative space for faculty to explore how community engagement pedagogies like service learning, internships and fieldwork (that collectively can be considered community-based learning, or CBL) and engaged scholarship literatures can be used to promote student civic-mindedness and foster faculty research agendas around engaged scholarship.

What is engaged scholarship?

In the academy faculty research and inquiry is about knowledge creation. What we need is for us to see knowledge as transdisciplinary, democratizing our knowledge, and thinking about. Engaged scholarship invites us to consider how knowledge is not just knowledge but about integration and application.

—Dr. Barbara Holland

See also What is Engaged Scholarship?

Application deadline:

Monday, September 23, 2013, midnight

Questions?

Contact Nisha Gupta, i2a Specialist for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences by email, or call 502.852.5104.

How to Apply

During the 2013-2014 academic year, full and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the Faculty Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship (FLC-CES). Faculty accepted into the program will meet throughout the academic year (monthly meetings from Oct through May). This brand new FLC is designed to guide faculty in developing, assessing and sharing implementation of engagement work in their course(s) that can lead to research and scholarship development. Members of the Ideas to Action (i2a) staff team and staff from the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will provide instruction and guidance to FLC members for the development and implementation of their specific projects and outcomes.

We invite faculty members to submit applications by September 23, 2013 to apply for this faculty development opportunity to support and develop engaged scholarship work in their teaching and research.

To apply, download and complete the FLC-CES application form [PDF]. Email the completed form to Nisha Gupta, Ph.D. i2a Specialist for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences, no later than Monday, September 23, midnight.

How it Works

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Faculty Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship (FLC-CES) will be offered to support faculty who are interested in developing their teaching and scholarship around the concept of engaged scholarship.

Up to 12 FLC-CES cohort members will engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue, activities, and reflection related to specific teaching and learning topics around community-engaged scholarship. Members will each develop and produce a project responding to their identified engagement needs (i.e. course revision, course development, and/or scholarly project).

Participants will learn and share from their peers' experiences. In addition, participants will receive:

  • Individual support and coaching.
  • Complementary relevant books & publications.
  • Stipend: Upon the successful completion of the Faculty Learning Community process (i.e. cohort activities, individual goals, final deliverables), participants will receive a $700 stipend.
  • Certificate of completion and letter of recognition to your dean or chair.

What are the expectations for FLC Faculty participants?

  • Attend and participate in six out of the eight regular sessions during the academic year, including completion of readings and related tasks.
  • Explore and implement "best practices" in experiential education, integrative learning, and engaged scholarship under the guidance of the i2a and OCE staff.
  • Develop strategies for intentionally and purposefully incorporating and modeling community-based learning and/or engaged scholarship.
  • Develop and implement individual goals and/or outcomes for their own participation in the FLC-CES.
  • Share examples of their work with their peers and FLC leaders throughout the cohort and get and give feedback.

What are the selection criteria for applicants to the FLC-CES?

As a result of participation in the FLC-CES, all participants are expected to produce a tangible deliverable. Either a community-based experience for an existing or new course, or a significant draft of an engaged scholarship manuscript, are among the possible program outcomes. Selection process will involve review by staff members of i2a and OCE.

UofL full and part time faculty teaching during the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-2014 year are invited to apply for the program. This pilot program will focus full-time faculty in this year.

Criteria applied to each applicant are:

  • Is this candidate teaching a course in fall 2013 and/or spring 2014 which includes a CBL component
  • Developing a course which could be a CBL by spring 2015
  • Interested in turning current CE work into scholarship
  • Can attend six out of the eight sessions (see session meeting dates)

Background

This program supports UofL’s institutional commitment to community engagement through an emphasis on faculty development and it supports our institution’s application for the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification in the areas of: “documentation and assessment,” “faculty roles and rewards,” and “curricular engagement.”

Additionally, this new FLC program supports the institutional commitment to enhance student learning through community-based experiences and provides opportunities for UofL faculty to engage in addressing the second i2a Outcome: Students will be able to address community issues.

Timeline

Applications available August 1
Application due September 23

Session meeting dates (all meetings are Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
October 18
November 15
January 17
February 14
March 21
April 11
May 16
*June date TBD
  • Engaging conversation about research and active work addressing community issues.
  • Dr. Lora Haynes elaborates on her engagement methodologies.
  • Faculty colleagues discussing recent research projects in Speed School, the implications of this work, and ideas for new engaged scholarship.
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