Call for Applications - Eigel Scholars for Community-Engaged Learning

For more details about the program and application, view the Lunch and Learn presentation from 9/9/14.

The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning is seeking applications for the inaugural cohort of the Eigel Scholars for Community-Engaged Learning.  Up to three faculty will be selected for this opportunity.

The Eigel Scholars' program supports the development of Xavier faculty with a passion and interest in community engagement to advance engaged teaching and scholarship opportunities at Xavier.  The program will offer a blend of active learning opportunities for participants focused on best practices in research, practice and advocacy related to service learning, community based research, and experiential learning.  The Eigel Scholars' program supports the advancement of engaged learning opportunities tied to the University's strategic plan, the Xavier Way, and learning outcomes tied to the new core curriculum.  This program will begin in November 2014 and provide each faculty member with a $5,000 stipend.  If selected, Scholars will participate in monthly programs designed to provide hands-on learning around identified initiatives.  The September 9th Lunch and Learn Presentation can be found here.

In 2014-15, Eigel Scholars will focus on three initiatives:

  • Expanding teaching, learning, and research beyond the Xavier campus for students, faculty and staff through community partnerships;
  • Designing faculty development programs that advance best practices for engaged and experiential learning, community based research, and the scholarship of engagement at Xavier;
  • Developing and fostering curricular links to new or existing immersion and experiential programs

While all Eigel Scholars will be provided with comprehensive professional development and instruction around these initiatives, participating faculty will also identify which of the areas they will concentrate on in collaboration with the Eigel Center for the upcoming academic year.  Upon completion of the development program, Eigel Scholars will be an important resource for the University on best practices in engaged learning.  To complete their experience, participating faculty will be asked to mentor a colleague during the 2015-16 academic year, present on their individual engaged learning experiences, and/or further engaged scholarship through presentations on their own research.

Applications will be accepted through September 19, 2014.  Full-time faculty from all disciplines are eligible to apply.  Applications will be reviewed by a panel chaired by the Eigel Director and include representation from each college.

Applications should address:

  • Experience and enthusiasm for developing and furthering innovative pedagogy, such as service learning, place based instruction, and/or community based research and scholarship;
  • Former or current participation in faculty development programs at Xavier, including the Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty, FLC, or other opportunities;
  • Experience leading faculty groups and/or committees.

If interested, please send an abbreviated 3-4 page curriculum vitae and a 1-2 page reflection that includes the following:

  1. Your name, # of years at Xavier, ran, and department;
  2. Describe briefly your interest in the Eigel Scholars program and cite examples where you have or would like to incorporate engaged learning in your classroom or scholarship;
  3. Identify other faculty programs (FLC, Fellowships, etc.,) that you have participated in and what you found most helpful to your professional development;
  4. Which of the three Eigel Scholar initiatives do you have experience with or a passion and interest in pursuing?

Applicants should also cc: their Department Chair and Dean on their emailed application.
For assistance or questions, please contact Sean Rhiney (rhineys@xavier.edu)


More about the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning

Community engagement at Xavier University involves the collaboration and sustained partnership between the University - its students, faculty, staff, and administration - and community organizations and institutions, for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in order to advance learning through social justice, community building, and citizen empowerment.  Engagement through service is embedded in the Catholic Jesuit ideals of solidarity and service.

The Eigel Center advances collaboration and communication between faculty, students, and campus with the community at large through engaged learning opportunities.  Engaged learning is a mutually beneficial exchange that addresses community needs, usually through an organization's work in community, and provides a mutually beneficial learning opportunity for our students through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

The Center's work focuses on:

Supporting faculty with course development in engaged-learning partnerships;

  • Promoting new opportunities for student engagement;
  • Mobilizing resources to support engagement activities;
  • Developing Xavier's external partnerships

The Eigel Center oversees the following activities:

  • Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty
  • Community-Engaged Fellowship Scholarship Program
  • Community Partners Database