Xavier University Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty Call for Participants for Spring 2014

Now in its sixth year, the Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty has previously supported Xavier faculty making a significant revision to a chosen course or in creating a new course incorporating principles and practices of community engagement. Engaged courses foster a learning environment that brings faculty, students, and community members together and connects academic and community knowledge and resources. Such partnerships develop the capacity of university and community participants to learn, serve, and lead together.

The Academy is open to eight full-time principal, visiting, or clinical faculty or instructors. Each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the Academy. Five workshops will be scheduled during the Spring usually lasting for two hours, with one off site workshop that will include community partner site visits. The Academy is designed to be a collaborative process where ideas are shared and developed among colleagues. Facilitators will include administrators and faculty as well as visiting guest speakers and community leaders. Each member of the faculty cohort will be expected to redesign or create a course using principles of engaged service and/or scholarship. Additional funding is available to participants and their partners who finalize and implement a course design or redesign for Summer/Fall 2014 or Spring/Summer 2015.

Interested faculty participants should address questions to Sean Rhiney (rhineys@xavier.edu), Director of the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

 Applications should be electronically submitted in PDF form by December 30, 2013 to the Eigel Center‘s office administrator, Nancy Hackett (hackettn@xavier.edu), and include a brief statement (no more than two pages) that includes the following:

  • A description of the course to be modified or created and the learning activities and assignments as they relate to community engagement.
  • A description of the desired student learning objectives and how they will be enhanced through engagement.
  • A description of the potential role a community partner would play in the development and execution of the course.
  • A short statement outlining the faculty member’s personal interest in advancing community-engaged learning at Xavier University.

Note that applicants are not expected to have a fully designed course in mind. We expect that participation in the Academy will provide insight, guidance and access to resources that will shape the course. Applicants are encouraged to have some concept of what they want to accomplish, the issues that could be addressed through their course, and the type of potential community partner with whom they would like to collaborate.