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 support.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-23 Cohort
Deadline: May 16

APPLY HERE* (You can download a copy of the form here for review, but you must submit via the online form)
*Be sure to read the goals and benefits at the bottom of this page before applying

2021-22 Cohort

Dr. Kristi Vincent Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Director of Dance and Assistant Professor of Dance at North Carolina Central University. She is the first Engaged Faculty Scholar representing an  HBCU.

EFS Project – The Bull City Bridge Project: Building Community Through Dance

This project is a community-campus partnership between the dance program at NCCU and three high school dance programs in the Durham Public School system. The program will offer select high school student-dancers an opportunity to participate in a community dance ensemble receiving professional level training in preparation for a Spring 2022 collaborative concert featuring dancers from all four programs. University and secondary dance educators will work together to co-create a program where student-dancers equally benefit and grow.

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Professor Ivan Weiss

Professor Weiss is a documentary filmmaker and assistant professor of practice in the Journalism Program at Wake Forest University.

EFS Project – The Boston-Thurmond Documentary Project

This project seeks to forge deeper ties with the Boston-Thurmond Community Engagement Roundtable (BTCER) and the Boston-Thurmond community as a whole, by engaging students through classes, independent studies, and internships and to form the structure and set the groundwork for a multi-year  documentary/multimedia project that involves Wake Forest, as well as other local institutions.  The project will also refine a database that brings attention to the challenges that the community is facing and working to overcome, and to release a website that will showcase documentary and journalistic work about the neighborhood and project.

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Past Scholars

2020 – 2021

Ms. Julie Trotter, English and Humanities professor
Alamance Community College 

ACC news article on Trotter’s selection


Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Higher Education Department
UNC Greensboro

News 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

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

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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).
  • Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into existing community engagement initiatives.

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.