Engaged Faculty Scholars

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program allows two faculty members from our network the opportunity to carry out a self-designed project that advances the scholarship of engagement at their institution. The selected faculty also work together to expand faculty engagement at another member campus.

The 12-month program provides a cash stipend, a budget for travel and professional development, and a complimentary resource.

2020 Scholar

Ms. Julie Trotter
English and Humanities professor

Alamance Community College 

Trotter began her one-year term on July 1, 2020. Trotter is the first community college representative selected since the program began in 2015.

As an Engaged Faculty Scholar, Trotter will curate resources for student research and engagement customized to fit the community college faculty’s workload and the community college student demographics. Her goal is to develop a Guidebook on Engaged Student Research that will be accessible to both faculty advisors and students at ACC and throughout the entire 57 NC Community College System. Additionally she will support ACC’s Guided Pathways Essential Practices: Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment plan which seeks to provide opportunities to students to apply and deepen knowledge and skills through projects, internships, co-ops, clinical placements, group projects outside of class, service learning, study abroad and other active learning activities that faculty intentionally embed into their coursework. Finally she will provide a professional development workshop on student engagement and student research projects for ACC’s Fall and Spring cycle of faculty professional development. In her proposal Trotter outlines the need for such a guide in the community college setting and states her desire that it will “Serve as an important catalyst to student research and civic engagement within ACC and within the other 57 community colleges.”

Learn more

ACC news article

Past Scholars



Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Higher Education Department
UNC GreensboroNews article announcing Gonzalez’s project outcomes
Dr. Scott Hicks
Director of the Teaching & Learning Center and Professor of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages
UNC Pembroke

2018 – 2019


Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Writing Studies
Duke University
Learn more.
Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, Professor of Communication
East Carolina University

2017 – 2018

Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNC Wilmington
Learn more.

Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett, Associate Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics
Western Carolina

Learn more.

2016 – 2017

Dr. Maggie Commins, Associate Professor of Political Science
Queens University of Charlotte

News article on Commins’s selection

Dr. Cara Kozma, Assistant Professor of English
High Point University

News article on Kozma’s selection

2015 – 2016

Dr. Annie Jonas, Professor and Chair of the Education Department
Warren Wilson College
News article about Dr. Jonas’ selection

Dr. Ashley Oliphant,  Associate Professor of English
Pfeiffer University
News article about Dr. Oliphant’s selection

Program Goals

Goal One: Promote and Deepen the Scholarship of Engagement at Scholars Own Institution

The Scholar can fulfill this expectation in at least one of the following ways:

  • Develop or enhance an academic service-learning course component.  The service-learning must be a new integration or for a new class.
  • Conduct a community-based applied or participatory research project.
  • Form a new community-campus partnership or expand a current partnership. We are especially interested in ideas that build or increase the depth of the partnership.
  • Design and implement a plan to enhance public scholarship as a legitimate and rigorous form of scholarly work on campus.
  • Promote the use of service-learning as a teaching pedagogy by facilitating professional development.
  • Create or build upon civic engagement initiatives on campus.
  • Conduct research on the impact of service-learning/community engagement/public scholarship on participants (students, faculty, community partners).

Goal Two: Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution

  • Provide technical assistance to a member institution (identified by NC Campus Compact) that is in the early stages of promoting the scholarship of engagement to include, but not limited to:
  • At least two in-person consultations
  • Regular correspondence (phone and/or email) throughout the year 

Other opportunities for engagement are available throughout the program year.  Participation in these opportunities is not required but encouraged.

Program Benefits

Each Scholar will receive the following compensation upon successful completion of the program:

  • Financial stipend of $1000
  • Up to $250 for professional development (e.g. conference or training attendance support)
  • Up to $200 travel reimbursement for visiting the partner institution (the mileage reimbursement rate is .555 per mile)

Colleges and universities are encouraged to provide a match of cash, course release, and/or other resources and recognition.

Terms and Conditions

The stipend will be given at the conclusion of the program, upon fulfillment of program expectations.

North Carolina Campus Compact will ask for a report at the end of the program period that will be posted on our website (along with other provided materials) and used as a resource for future Faculty Scholars.

Program Eligibility

This program is only open to faculty from North Carolina Campus Compact member institutions. This is a competitive application process.  Faculty who demonstrate that their scholarship is responsive to community need, with the potential to establish long-term benefits to North Carolinians, will receive preference. Two individuals will be selected annually. 

Desired qualities in nominees:

  • History of engaged teaching or scholarship
  • A desire for new learning about service and engaged scholarship
  • An interest in working with faculty at other institutions in the state
  • The capacity to effectively communicate and disseminate the results of their research and engaged scholarship to public, academic, and external audiences
  • Commitment to actively participate in the program 

Program Timeline

  • Application released: 1st week in March 
  • Application Deadline: 2nd week in May
  • Acceptance Notification: 1st week in June 
  • Program Period: July 1 to June 30


Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, with any questions, (336) 278-7278.