2024-2025 Engaged Scholars Initiative Cohort Application
Opens Jan 24 2024 12:00 AM (EST)
Deadline Apr 19 2024 11:59 PM (EDT)
Description

Campus Compact, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha, is accepting applications for up to 20 community-engaged faculty, staff, and administrators to join a hybrid collaborative learning and leadership cohort from June 2024 to May 2025.

Engaged Scholars Initiative Overview

The Engaged Scholars Initiative is a one-year leadership and professional development program designed to develop a diverse group of early-career* faculty and staff who can strengthen their own critical community-engaged scholarship and lead change within their institution and communities. The 2024-2025 cohort will consist of up to 20 individuals from Campus Compact member institutions across the country who will meet virtually over the course of a year. The gatherings will include two in-person retreats, two virtual meetings each month, and the pursuit of a scholarly project. 

* Early Career is defined as pre-tenure for those on the faculty track; faculty in contract systems should not be beyond their sixth (6) year; and less than eight (8) years in the field of higher education community engagement for staff and administrators.

The primary goals of ESI are to:

  • Deepen participants’ commitment and ability to advance equity and full participation

  • Develop and retain a diverse group of critical public scholars

  • Advance scholarly objectives, including research, teaching, and/or application, of each scholar’s choosing

  • Contribute to field development through a variety of opportunities that best meet their scholarly goals, institutional priorities, and/or Campus Compact network needs.


We meet these goals by:

  • Critical analysis of personal and field practice;

  • Fostering personal and professional growth to build networks of resilience;

  • Increasing the collectivist knowledge and skills of participants to challenge traditional higher education culture/practices of individualism;

  • Expanding participants’ understanding of community-engaged scholarship, including knowledge of foundational scholarship and exemplary practice, as well as how to integrate into career pathways;

  • Strengthening professional and personal networks by building deep relationships with peers, Campus Compact staff, and other field leaders; and

  • Generating individual and collaborative work that translates the scholars’ insights into traditional outputs (e.g., academic publications, conference presentations, white papers, etc.), creative works (e.g., public art, exhibitions, spoken word performances, etc.), and educational and community resources (e.g., program evaluations, policy analysis, training materials, etc.).

Guiding values of ESI:

  • Liberatory Praxis - the act, ability, or application from theory to practice of self-determination, self-actualization, and agency that challenge deficits narratives ascribed to non-dominant populations. This invites and validates different ways of knowing, reduces barriers to participation, and kindles compassion, healing, and respect for self and others which fosters their and our own liberation to challenge deficits narratives ascribed to non-dominant populations.

  • Epistemic Justice: Commitment to diverse epistemologies by expanding the perspectives and types and sources of knowledge incorporated and highlighted across the field.

  • Full Participation: An affirmative value focused on creating institutions that enable people, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others.

  • Community Building: Providing a space for organic relationships to form and creating opportunities for mentorship.

  • Engaged Scholarship: The generation of new knowledge by combining academic knowledge and community-based knowledge, eliminating a hierarchy of knowledge and a one-way flow of knowledge outward from the college or university.

Timeline

  • Applications open: January 24, 2024

  • Applications close: April 19, 2024

  • Cohort decision: May 10, 2024

Program Calendar

The program meets virtually once a month in the summer and twice a month during the academic year. These virtual meetings are designed to provide content and connection. The cohort will meet in person at retreats in August and May. 

  • Orientation - June 14, 2024, 3:00-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (virtual)

  • Cohort Introductions - July 19, 2024, 2:30-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (virtual)

  • In-Person Opening Retreat - Early August 2024 at the University of Nebraska Omaha (Dates confirmed by March 1, 2024)

  • Virtual Meetings (2:30-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time):

    • 2024: September 13 &27; October 11 & 25; November 8 & 22; and December 13

    • 2025: January 10 & 24; February 14 & 28; March 14; and April 11 & 25

  • In-Person Final Retreat - May 2025 (Location and dates confirmed by April 1,2024)

Cost

The cost to participate is $1000 per person. Limited scholarships are available. Participation is limited to active/current Campus Compact members.

Engaged Scholar Expectations

Scholars are expected to:

  1. Attend and actively participate in every aspect of the Initiative, including virtual retreats, monthly virtual meetings, and any individual or small group collaborative or mentoring meetings.

  2. Complete all required preparation (e.g., pre-readings, assessment, assigned tasks, etc.) and resulting action items.

  3. Actively communicate with program directors and fellow cohort scholars throughout the experience, ensuring the highest level of engagement and collaboration.

  4. Pursue a scholarly project (individual or collaborative) of their choosing.

  5. Submit all program reports by the due dates.

Questions

For questions regarding the 2024-2025 Campus Compact Engaged Scholars Initiative, please contact Nicole Springer, Chief Equity Officer and Senior Director of Professional Development & Scholarship, at nspringer@compact.org

 



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2024-2025 Engaged Scholars Initiative Cohort Application


Campus Compact, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha, is accepting applications for up to 20 community-engaged faculty, staff, and administrators to join a hybrid collaborative learning and leadership cohort from June 2024 to May 2025.

Engaged Scholars Initiative Overview

The Engaged Scholars Initiative is a one-year leadership and professional development program designed to develop a diverse group of early-career* faculty and staff who can strengthen their own critical community-engaged scholarship and lead change within their institution and communities. The 2024-2025 cohort will consist of up to 20 individuals from Campus Compact member institutions across the country who will meet virtually over the course of a year. The gatherings will include two in-person retreats, two virtual meetings each month, and the pursuit of a scholarly project. 

* Early Career is defined as pre-tenure for those on the faculty track; faculty in contract systems should not be beyond their sixth (6) year; and less than eight (8) years in the field of higher education community engagement for staff and administrators.

The primary goals of ESI are to:

  • Deepen participants’ commitment and ability to advance equity and full participation

  • Develop and retain a diverse group of critical public scholars

  • Advance scholarly objectives, including research, teaching, and/or application, of each scholar’s choosing

  • Contribute to field development through a variety of opportunities that best meet their scholarly goals, institutional priorities, and/or Campus Compact network needs.


We meet these goals by:

  • Critical analysis of personal and field practice;

  • Fostering personal and professional growth to build networks of resilience;

  • Increasing the collectivist knowledge and skills of participants to challenge traditional higher education culture/practices of individualism;

  • Expanding participants’ understanding of community-engaged scholarship, including knowledge of foundational scholarship and exemplary practice, as well as how to integrate into career pathways;

  • Strengthening professional and personal networks by building deep relationships with peers, Campus Compact staff, and other field leaders; and

  • Generating individual and collaborative work that translates the scholars’ insights into traditional outputs (e.g., academic publications, conference presentations, white papers, etc.), creative works (e.g., public art, exhibitions, spoken word performances, etc.), and educational and community resources (e.g., program evaluations, policy analysis, training materials, etc.).

Guiding values of ESI:

  • Liberatory Praxis - the act, ability, or application from theory to practice of self-determination, self-actualization, and agency that challenge deficits narratives ascribed to non-dominant populations. This invites and validates different ways of knowing, reduces barriers to participation, and kindles compassion, healing, and respect for self and others which fosters their and our own liberation to challenge deficits narratives ascribed to non-dominant populations.

  • Epistemic Justice: Commitment to diverse epistemologies by expanding the perspectives and types and sources of knowledge incorporated and highlighted across the field.

  • Full Participation: An affirmative value focused on creating institutions that enable people, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others.

  • Community Building: Providing a space for organic relationships to form and creating opportunities for mentorship.

  • Engaged Scholarship: The generation of new knowledge by combining academic knowledge and community-based knowledge, eliminating a hierarchy of knowledge and a one-way flow of knowledge outward from the college or university.

Timeline

  • Applications open: January 24, 2024

  • Applications close: April 19, 2024

  • Cohort decision: May 10, 2024

Program Calendar

The program meets virtually once a month in the summer and twice a month during the academic year. These virtual meetings are designed to provide content and connection. The cohort will meet in person at retreats in August and May. 

  • Orientation - June 14, 2024, 3:00-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (virtual)

  • Cohort Introductions - July 19, 2024, 2:30-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (virtual)

  • In-Person Opening Retreat - Early August 2024 at the University of Nebraska Omaha (Dates confirmed by March 1, 2024)

  • Virtual Meetings (2:30-4:00 P.M. Eastern Time):

    • 2024: September 13 &27; October 11 & 25; November 8 & 22; and December 13

    • 2025: January 10 & 24; February 14 & 28; March 14; and April 11 & 25

  • In-Person Final Retreat - May 2025 (Location and dates confirmed by April 1,2024)

Cost

The cost to participate is $1000 per person. Limited scholarships are available. Participation is limited to active/current Campus Compact members.

Engaged Scholar Expectations

Scholars are expected to:

  1. Attend and actively participate in every aspect of the Initiative, including virtual retreats, monthly virtual meetings, and any individual or small group collaborative or mentoring meetings.

  2. Complete all required preparation (e.g., pre-readings, assessment, assigned tasks, etc.) and resulting action items.

  3. Actively communicate with program directors and fellow cohort scholars throughout the experience, ensuring the highest level of engagement and collaboration.

  4. Pursue a scholarly project (individual or collaborative) of their choosing.

  5. Submit all program reports by the due dates.

Questions

For questions regarding the 2024-2025 Campus Compact Engaged Scholars Initiative, please contact Nicole Springer, Chief Equity Officer and Senior Director of Professional Development & Scholarship, at nspringer@compact.org

 



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Opens
Jan 24 2024 12:00 AM (EST)
Deadline
Apr 19 2024 11:59 PM (EDT)